Friday, October 24, 2014

6 ways to reduce tooth sensitivity


Sensitive teeth are not only painful, but they can also begin to interfere with your daily life. Here are six ways to find relief and reduce your tooth sensitivity

1. Try toothpaste made for sensitive teeth

Several brands of toothpaste on the market are designed to help people with sensitive teeth. Some pastes contain an active ingredient called potassium nitrate, which helps to block the tiny tubules in the dentin. They don’t work for everybody, but experts agree it’s usually the best place to start. “How you’re using it is important,” says Maureen Bowerman, a dental hygienist in Saskatoon. “Lots of times people are using it just for a little bit, and then they stop. But you need to continue to use it.”

2. Change the way you brush

If you’re not using a soft toothbrush, if you’re scrubbing your teeth vigorously, or if you’re not brushing for a full two minutes, then you’re not doing any favours for your sensitive teeth. Hard brushing can actually wear away enamel, increasing the sensitivity in your teeth. If you have any recession of your gums or bone loss—and your tooth root is exposed as a result—then you’re also scrubbing at cementum. Cementum is meant to protect the root of the tooth, but wears away even faster than enamel. “Changing your brushing habits is really a huge feat,” says Bowerman. However, it’s change that will definitely pay off.

3. Avoid acidic food and drinks

Exposure to red wine, pop, fruit juices and acidic foods—such as oranges and pickles—can put your enamel under constant attack. Limit these foods and drinks, and try to brush about 20 minutes after eating them (not earlier, or the brushing may hurt your enamel further). Even if your teeth aren’t yet feeling sensitive, it’s a good idea to be cautious about consuming certain foods and drinks, as enamel loss is irreversible.

4. Ask your dentist about a paint job

If you’re not having much luck with a desensitizing toothpaste, talk to your dentist about painted-on barriers. Desensitizing agents like fluoride varnish or even plastic resins can be applied to the sensitive areas of your teeth. They wear off over time—a few months to a couple of years, depending on what material is used—so they’ll need to be reapplied.

5. Put a stop to tooth grinding

If you’re grinding your teeth when you’re tense, you could be wearing away enamel and giving yourself a sensitivity problem. You may not even realize you’re grinding: Often people only do it while they’re sleeping, but unexplained jaw pain or headaches could be a clue. If you do grind your teeth, try a mouth guard at night, or change your sleeping position. If you notice yourself clenching during the day, remind yourself to relax your jaw with your teeth slightly apart.

6. Treat your receding gums

Normally the root of your tooth is covered up by your gum tissue. But if you have some gum recession, caused by gum disease or even hard brushing, then the root will be exposed and the cementum can be worn away. Your dental care provider may be able to rebuild or restore your receding gums, for example with a treatment involving tissue grafts.But Bowerman notes that before treatment, it’s always important first to pinpoint the exact cause of sensitive teeth. That way you’ll hit on the right solution. “If you’re brushing incorrectly and causing the receding gums, you have to change the way you brush before you start anything aggressive like a restorative treatment,” she says. “Otherwise, you’ll just end up going through the restorative material and coming back. And we haven’t helped you out a great deal.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Binay-Trillanes debate! Yay!

October 23, 2014
by benign0
So convicted-mutineer-turned-Philippine-‘senator’ Antonio Trillanes IV has reportedly accepted a challenge from Vice President Jejomar Binay to a debate. Interesting and exciting times ahead! Trillanes will, of course, presume to grill the VP on the vast properties he allegedly owns. Binay will likely be denying. Hovering on top of all that will be Trillanes’s erstwhile “good” friendship with Tony Tiu now purported to be the “dummy” holder of Binay’s supposedly ill-gotten assets.
Note that Get Real Post author Ilda fielded the Solomonesque solution to the Binay-Trillanes circus in her previous article, Why Filipino voters will still choose Jejomar Binay to be the next President of the Philippines
The more intelligent way to try and defeat Binay would be to engage him in a debate on how he intends to solve the most pressing problems facing the nation today.
But then and but of course…
Unfortunately, Binay and his political rivals are probably avoiding a public debate because it could expose their incompetence to the voters.
Philippine VP vs Philippine 'senator' face off!May the better face win!
Philippine VP vs Philippine ‘senator’ face off!
May the better face win!

In a funny twist on the plot, it was actually Binay who challenged ‘senator’ Trillanes to this debate so to be fair to the Vice President, he now actually comes across as one who is pretty self-assured of his competence.
I’m not quite sure what Binay’s strategy will be in this face-off with Trillanes, but one thing I’d be curious to know is what Trillanes envisions to be the outcome of this Senate “probe”. After all, Senate probes, we are told, are always conducted in the aid of legislation. So perhaps one of Binay’s first questions to the ‘senator’ could be around what exactly his legislative agenda is that is relevant to this ‘probe’.
On Trillanes’s part, he will probably have to open with a salvo around why he did not do his homework before going on record about his “good friendship” with alleged Binay “dummy” Tony Tiu. Indeed, he supposedly had explained this noteworthy aspect of the circus many times before. Still, that video of him singing praises to the wealthy taipan has pretty much implanted itself into the psyches of many Filipinos — a kind of political Inception consistent with the premise of that 2010 Leonardo di Caprio movie. Once doubt creeps in, it is difficult to remove.
Another thing to consider is that Binay stands “accused” of mere corruption. Corruption is such a banal offense that routinely goes unpunished in Philippine society. Indeed, so pervasive is corruption in Philippine society, that its practice transcends social class and practically all demographic verticals in the Philippines. The fact that Philippine Congress is now widely regarded as the country’s biggest criminal syndicate thanks to the institutionalised pork barrel thievery Filipino voters routinely tolerate is a testament to the wholesale disensitisation to corruption that characterises Philippine society as a whole. In that respect, Binay holds the advantage. His alleged crime is less-grave in the eyes of the average Filipino voter.
Trillanes, on the other hand, is a convicted mutineer. In the various armed rebellion excursions he’s led and participated in over the first decade of the 21st Century, Trillanes had deliberately put thousands of Filipino civilians’ lives at risk. That he was given a presidential pardon on the basis of the hollow rationale of Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III makes his motives in this circus rather suspect. Trillanes obviously owes certain people big time. And he has been pretty consistent with the zeal he applies to paying up.
The more important question to ask, nonetheless, remains quite simple. What exactly will be achieved?. Other than offer a good show, debate will not actually resolve anything other than subject both bozos to public scrutiny and the judgement of public opinion. Other than that, neither will likely be held to account for their respective transgressions against the Filipino people. Hopefully, at the very least, the better statesman will emerge from this little stunt.


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Why Filipino voters will still choose Jejomar Binay to be the next President of the Philippines

October 17, 2014
by Ilda
People who are considered physically attractive can get away with a lot of things. Some of them don’t even have to work hard at landing lucrative jobs. In fact, a recent study revealed, “taller men earn more money than their shorter counterparts because they are seen as more intelligent and powerful”. Whether they are actually competent at their jobs or not is another story.

Jojo Binay: What is the source of his appeal to the masses?
Jojo Binay: What is the source of his appeal to the masses?

Because humans are visual creatures, we tend to favor someone who is more pleasing to the eyes because we equate beauty with good genes. It’s a product of evolution and part of our survival mechanism. We instinctively choose someone who we think will pass on good genes to our offspring. This is precisely the reason why people who are considered “ordinary” or less physically attractive have to work harder at getting noticed. They have to compensate for their shortfalls.
Take the case of Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay. In a society obsessed with people with fair skin (a lot of Filipinos actually spend money on skin whitening products and idolize people with Caucasian features), VP Binay who is short and has dark skin is considered by most in the Philippines as “ordinary” or run of the mill. Truth be told, many tactless Filipinos openly mock his physical appearance calling him nognog Tagalog lingo for sunog or burnt in reference to his skin. Ironic, yes considering most “pureblooded” Filipinos are short and have dark skin.
VP Binay obviously did not consider his physical appearance a handicap. Against the odds, he managed to work his way up to the Vice Presidency and is still eyeing the highest position in the land – the Presidency. Now aged 72, Binay was in powerful posts in government throughout his political career. Most notable of all is his stint as Mayor of the country’s central business district Makati City, twice from 1986 to 1998 and, again, in 2001 to 2010.
While he is financially comfortable now with a number of mansions in Makati City, among other properties – I counted ten in total according to his Statement of Assets, Liability and Net worth (SALN) in 2011, life wasn’t always a bed of roses for VP Binay. He was said to have been poor growing up. He was orphaned at a young age and lived with an uncle from when he was still in primary school. Despite this, he managed to obtain a law degree, which came in quite handy in his government posts.
Indeed, his knowledge of the law has more than likely helped him wriggle his way out of a number of complaints filed against him for graft and corruption throughout the years. It remains to be seen if his lawyer skills will save him from the incessant attacks against him during a Senate hearing investigating whether or not the construction of the Makati City Hall during his stint as Mayor was overpriced. The hearing is being dubbed as “Oplan Stop Nognog 2016”. So far, he is wise enough to avoid attending the hearings.
Binay’s move to snub the Senate hearing has made him look guiltier in the eyes of some people. But they are the same people who are unlikely to change their minds about him even if he does face his accusers in the Senate. The fact that these people still think the senate hearing is still worthy of their time despite past hearings not resulting in anything significant says a lot about their gullibility. The fact that the hearing is being conducted by a convicted mutineer and a potential rival for the 2016 Election says a lot about the agenda – that it is not for legislative purposes. No one in their right mind would go to a Senate “hearing” knowing that it would only give the senators an opportunity to grandstand. It’s not even a court hearing and Binay is not obliged to attend it.
A video of Senator Antonio Trillanes emerged recently showing him speaking at the launch of the SunChamp Agri-Tourism Park and thanking the owner, his “good friend” Tony Tiu. This is further proof that Trillanes doesn’t have any qualms about acting like a turncoat since he has lately been insisting before the media that Tiu was being used by current Vice President Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay as a “dummy” or “front” to conceal his “ill-gotten wealth”.
Senators like Trillanes have simply turned the Senate into a courtroom. The legislators do not legislate anymore. Instead, they devote their time conducting “hearings”, which is just another term for persecution – the persecution of their political enemies. It’s only in the Philippines where Presidential candidates engage in mudslinging instead of debating the current issues plaguing the nation, and there are a lot of them. It’s like, because there are too many problems in the country, the public servants would rather avoid discussing them.

The Binay clan: one of the Philippines' most powerful dynasties
The Binay clan: one of the Philippines’ most powerful dynasties

The more intelligent way to try and defeat Binay would be to engage him in a debate on how he intends to solve the most pressing problems facing the nation today. This includes the energy crisis, public transportation crisis, traffic congestion on the roads and the flooding problem on the roads, which is now becoming a regular occurrence even with medium amount of rainfall.
Unfortunately, Binay and his political rivals are probably avoiding a public debate because it could expose their incompetence to the voters. Frankly, the voters should demand that all Presidential candidates join a political debate. Their conduct during the debates would be a good basis for them to either vote or reject the candidate.
What is it about VP Binay that makes members of the Liberal Party act like a bunch of sociopaths? A recent poll published by the Manila Times and conducted by Laylo Reports revealed that Binay would get 62 percent of votes against President B.S. Aquino’s 36 percent. And Binay would get 69 percent if he ran against Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas who would only get 29 percent. That is quite outstanding given that the Aquino government’s resources are already being utilized to bring Binay’s popularity down.
Binay’s high popularity is perplexing, indeed. What is it about him that the masses like? It could be what I call the Nora Aunor syndrome. The veteran Filipino actress quite often played some kind of martyr in her films and she’s got a strong following. Most people always go for the underdog. Because Binay looks like the average Filipino, the average Filipino thinks Binay is just like his next-door neighbor. Members of the lower classes probably admire the way an average looking guy like Binay made it to the top against all odds. The masses love a success story like Binay. And as a matter of fact, the persecution Binay is enduring lately could endear him even more to teleserye-loving voters who view the “elites” as evil. They will always root for the regular guy who beats his matapobre enemies. The bid to impeach Binay could only strengthen his lead. Former President Erap Estrada’s comeback after serving time in jail should be proof enough of this theory.
The masses probably want to emulate Binay’s success. They are even prepared to turn a blind eye to allegations of corruption against Binay and that fact that he has created a political dynasty with his children, all currently holding lucrative posts in government. That is not surprising considering most Filipinos see nothing wrong with family members joining the family business. They even equate it to having a strong family bond. Never mind that the existence of dozens of political dynasties in the Philippines is part of the reason the country cannot progress. It will take a long time to convince the voters that political dynasties is wrong.

Public relations bomb: Mar Roxas fails at looking like anything other than a haciendero.
Public relations bomb: Mar Roxas fails at looking like anything other than a haciendero.

Those who prefer Binay naturally do not want a haciendero like Mar Roxas. For all the effort Roxas makes in trying to appear one with the masses – driving a pedicab, directing traffic, fixing a school chair, lifting a sack of onions on his shoulders – his public relations still bomb compared to Binay’s because of who he is. Roxas and his supporters don’t realize that he will never have what Binay has – dark skin and a short stature. His physical appearance make him appear maka-masa. That in itself can be considered quite an accomplishment in a society obsessed with people with fairer skin. We can credit that to Binay’s skills in compensating for his “ordinary” looks.
Let’s just hope Binay has the country’s best interest at heart when he wins.


In life, things are not always what they seem.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Your Secret Weight-Loss Ingredient: Vinegar


Vinegar has been touted by some as having fat-burning abilities. There have been several studies that have found that consumption of apple cider vinegar lead to weight loss, reduction in abdominal fat and lower triglycerides. Other studies have found that consuming apple cider vinegar before a meal can reduce blood sugar spikes. However, there haven’t been very many studies involving humans and vinegar. Therefore, more studies need to be conducted to prove vinegar has an effect on weight.

One great thing about vinegar that doesn’t need more proof is its amazing ability to add a burst of flavor to your foods with busting your jeans button. Vinegar has only three calories per tablespoon. The tips below will show you how to use vinegar to cut calories and eat more vegetables.

Vary Your Vinegars
There is a plethora of vinegars available now, including everything from your basic distilled white vinegar (very versatile) to fancy herb- and fruit-infused vinegars. In fact, there are entire stores devoted to all things vinegar and oil. Vinegars infused with fruit flavors such as blueberry, coconut, pear, pineapple, pomegranate and blackberry-ginger–to name just a few–will ensure you new, exciting, complex tastes to your dishes.

Make Your Own Low-Calorie Salad Dressings
The great thing about making your own salad dressings from scratch is that you can control exactly what goes into them. By using more vinegar and less oil, you can create your own “light” salad dressing. Additionally, you can change up the flavor of the dressing each time by using different varieties of vinegar.

Simply combine your vinegar, oil, herbs, spices and salt into a screw-top jar and shake it up just before drizzling over your salads or cooked vegetables. You can also douse skewered veggies in your homemade salad dressing before grilling them.

Flavor Up Your Fish
Rather than slathering high-calorie, fat-laden tartar sauce on your fish, try splashing on some malt vinegar to enhance the fish flavor. Malt vinegar and fish are a classic combo, and make this dish even lower in calories by baking or grilling the fish instead of battering and deep-frying it.

Add Flavorful Zing to Your Veggies

We all know vegetables are good for us, but on their own they can seem a bit boring. In order to enhance their natural, delicious flavors, drizzle a little vinegar over your vegetables.

After steaming your favorite vegetables, drizzle some balsamic vinegar–which has a more intense, sweeter flavor than other vinegars–over the top and sprinkle on some herbs and spices.

Slim Down Your Sandwiches

Rather than relying on high-fat mayo or other calorie-bomb sandwich spreads, sprinkle on some vinegar (works best if you have some shredded lettuce or other veggies in your sandwich), which will help moisten and flavor your sandwiches and wraps.

Boost Flavor in Your Beans

Instead of seasoning your beans with a load of salt, toss in some vinegar right at the end of cooking. This will enhance the taste of the beans so you don’t have to add too much salt. Beans are loaded with fiber, iron, protein and phytochemicals and the acidity of the vinegar can help increase the absorption of iron in the beans.

Tenderize Lean Meats

Marinate your lean cuts of meat (with less fat and marbling, lean meats can be tough) with vinegar to infuse both flavor and moisture.

Seasoning Stir-Fry

Rice vinegar mixed with low-sodium soy sauce work well in stir-fry dishes or when added to steamed brown rice or other cooked whole grains.

Vinegar and Sweets?

Yes, it’s true! Balsamic vinegar drizzled over fresh fruit or ice cream adds a depth of flavor that will delight your taste buds.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Why Vice President Jejomar Binay remains popular

October 13, 2014
by benign0
There’s been much hype spun around how today’s media technology supposedly greatly improves our ability to suss people out. But, really, all we seem to be getting is a thicker layer of show and an ever-thinning layer of real insiqht into things. Take the whole “debate” around the current crop of politicians and government officials in the Philippines, many of whom are jostling for attention in a very distracted society. Indeed, this national distraction was compounded by the very technology that was supposed to sharpen peoples’ wits! But I digress. What we want to evaluate here is whether the quality of this “debate” had actually changed for the better now that we have all this technology.

The Philippine electorate: mere 'sheeple'
The Philippine electorate: mere ‘sheeple’

The 2016 election and the campaign that precedes it (which, by all accounts already has started), is the second Philippine presidential race fuelled by social media information and disinformation. Current President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III was the product of the first one. So go figure. The coming election, it seems, can promise but one thing — that it will be consistent with the first one in form and substance. The only thing that’s really emerged in the last couple of years is that the top contenders for most popular politicians are all alleged crooks. Lots of people are convinced that they are, in fact, crooks. But until any one of these allegations get aired in a proper court of law, well, they’re all just farts in the wind.
So thanks to technology, we have all of this hearsay information gushing out of our devices but still remain in the dark about the one thing that really matters: The Truth.
Because of technology we’ve all become better, not at collectively gravitating towards the truth, but at further grouping ourselves into camps. Granted, much of the intellectual prowess of our society’s top thought leaders are individually applied to the task of further buttressing the logical frameworks of theirs and their camps’ respective positions on various issues. And while that effort may be less than noble in terms of the worthwhile task of seeking the truth, it is the democratised landscape of debate laid by today’s modern social media technologies that pits one camp’s reasoning against the other that induces emergence of the truth (or at least, the most balanced position on most matters of consequence).
Unfortunately, the real battle in politics does not lie in seeking the truth and the most valid argument. Rather it is in seizing the biggest chunk of society’s collective headspace — which means Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay, current Vice President and top choice of the moment for Next President of the Philippines, is doing something right. Despite being left embattled by a media circus being spun around allegations of ill-gotten wealth presumably from his being a party to the “overpricing” of various public works as Mayor of Makati, Binay remains by far the most popular Filipino government official despite recent “satisfaction ratings” reportedly showing this popularity had fallen to its lowest since November 2010.
According to the “survey” conducted by the polling firm Social Weather Stations (SWS), Binay “had a net rating of +52 (70 percent satisfied, 17 percent dissatisfied), down 15 points from +67 (78 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied) in the second quarter.”
But then…
Despite the drop in the satisfaction poll, Binay still rated highest among the top five government officials.
President Benigno Aquino III had a “good” +34 in September (59 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied).
Senate President Franklin Drilon’s score rose 16 points to a “good” +36 (58 percent satisfied, 23 percent dissatisfied) from a “moderate” +20 (50 percent satisfied, 30 percent dissatisfied) in June.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.’s ratings rose 11 points to a “moderate” +13 (40 percent satisfied, 27 percent dissatisfied) from a “neutral” +2 (34 percent satisfied, 32 percent dissatisfied).
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s ratings rose four points to +10 (37 percent satisfied, 27 percent satisfied) from +6 (36 percent satisfied, 30 percent dissatisfied).
Popularity matters in a Philippine election:Vice President Jojo Binay
Popularity matters in a Philippine election:
Vice President Jojo Binay

Even after dropping to his “lowest in four years”, Binay remains popular — far more than his peers in all branches of the Philippine government. This despite all the president’s men and women keeping themselves very busy over the last quarter applying their intellects to the task of putting a dent on Binay’s hold over the hearts and minds of the Filipino masses. This seems to be a repeat of the campaign in the lead up to the May 2013 midterm elections where Binay’s daughter Nancy Binay after taking a vicious slamming all over social media still managed to emerge as one of the Filipino voters’ top choices for Philippine Senator.
It is, after all, very difficult to change people’s minds, specially when hearts rather than minds are applied to a particular decision-making process. President BS Aquino’s people, of all people, should know. Back in 2010, Aquino’s was a campaign aimed primarily to target that very human condition. We can even recall how the issue of the time that one naturally thought would have blighted his popularity, the Hacienda Luisita issue, was, as it had turn out, a non-issue to Filipino voters — because they had already decided with their hearts by the time they trooped to their voting precincts. Now it’s the Binays’ turn. The masses simply aren’t listening to the suddenly hardened “reason” of President BS Aquino’s people who have now all magically morphed from being “all heart” in the 2009-2010 campaign to being “all brain” in today’s national “debate”.
In most households, parents switch off the TV when it’s time for the kids to do their homework. Unfortunately for Filipinos, the TV is always on and there is no one to forcibly take their eyes off the latest “KathNiel” sighting, or the current Pinoy Big Brother episode so that they could fill the void that is their collective mind with more important things. No one benefits from this condition more than the people who are popular. When it comes to popularity, there is no appealing to reason, no matter how much said reason is made to appear right.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Amazing Guide to Herbs’ Uses and Benefits

There are a number of delicious foods you can eat for the sake of your health — but still, all too often, we hear complaints that healthful food just doesn’t taste good.
Enter herbs and spices. The aromatic flavorings can transform a dish without adding calories or fat (for the most part). But many of the roots and seeds and leaves and flowers pack surprising additional health benefits of their own. From promoting longevity to fighting pain and more, here are 20 of the healthiest herbs and spices of all time.

1. Black Tea leaves-reduces heart problems
Black tea as a way to reduce the risk of heart-related problems has been studied  although more thorough testing is needed.
How to use it: A couple cups of black tea a day is a good amount, and the caffeine will help you stay alert throughout your day.
2.  Mint – To soothe an upset stomach
Mint seems to be a powerful cure for stomachaches, as well as being used for relaxation and as a diuretic.
How to use it: Mint tea is the most common and popular way to ingest the herb.
3.  Eucalyptus – Relieves lung Congestion
Perhaps best known for being the food of choice for koalas, eucalyptus is also used as a cleaning agent and to treat lung problems. It appears to have an mucolytic (mucus-clearing) and anti-inflammatory component that works particularly well in this area.
How to use it: Eucalyptus essential oil is a good option to keep by your bed or, if you can find it, use a vapor rub with eucalyptus as one of the primary ingredients.
4.  Parsley – Fights halitosis
Parsley is packed full of vitamins and has some more specific uses, such as treating bad breath. This may be due in large part to the plant’s high concentration of chlorophyll, which has some evidence in treating bad breath.
How to use it: Consuming it in your food, by itself, or in a blended drink are all good ways of using parsley for this particular ailment.
5. Ginger Prevents Nausea
Significant results have been found in ginger’s ability to ease nausea, even for motion sickness.
How to use it: Some specialists recommend taking ginger before the nausea sets in; for example, if you know you get airsick, you can chew ginger gum before takeoff. If taking ginger when nausea is already present, there are a variety of products including teas and candies that contain the roo
6. Licorice – Soothes a sore Throat
There has been some scientific examination of licorice root’s anti-inflammatory effects on sore throats, with promising results.
How to use it: You can find teas and lozenges with licorice root at a variety of grocery and health food stores, as well as online.
7. Ginseng – Boosts energy levels
Ginseng root has been tested in a number of studies for its effectiveness in fighting fatigue, with significant (though few) results.
How to use it: Ginseng can be found in a number of products including “natural” energy drinks, though as with all energy drinks these should be used with caution. You can also get ginseng in capsule form, often grouped with other herb and vitamin capsules at regular grocery stores, as well as health food and supplement stores.
8. Chamomile – promotes sleep
There have been very few scientific studies on chamomile’s ability to encourage sleep, but it remains a popular herb for this purpose.
How to use it: Chamomile as a sleep aid is typically taken as a warm tea, with many brands specifically marketing it as a “nighttime” or “sleepytime” tea.
9.  Lavander – eases tension
Evidence from scientific trials suggests that lavender works well to relieve tension and stress.
How to use it: Aromatherapy products such as oils, lotions, and herb pouches are all good ways of using the scent to relieve stress.
10. Nettle – treats dandruff
espite the name, stinging nettle has a number of recognised medical properties including as an anti-inflammatory. It has also been used as a natural treatment for dandruff.
How to use it: There are a few commercial shampoo products containing stinging nettle, though you may have better luck on sites like Etsy.
11. Cinnamon – Controls blood sugar
 wide range of research suggests cinnamon is an effective ways in managing sugar levels, particularly useful for people with Type II diabetes.
How to use it: Cinnamon can be added to a variety of foods and beverages, and can be purchased in capsule form for a higher concentration.
12. St. John’s Wort – helps in depression
Extensive research as been done on the plant’s effectiveness in treating mild to moderate depression and it is sold over the counter as such.
How to use it: Capsules, tinctures, and teas containing St. John’s Wort can be found in health food and supplement stores and some grocery stores, as well as online.
13. Calendula -preevnts wound infection
More commonly known as marigolds, calendula has several practical uses,most notably as a wound healing agent. This is due to the plant’s antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
How to use it: Topical ointments and creams containing calendula can be bought online or at health food and supplement stores.
14.  Comfrey- alleviates dry skin
Comfrey has had a somewhat controversial history in recent decades, and is now not recommended for any kind of internal use. Topical use of the plant is still pervasive, however, as it has shown a notable ability to treat dry or inflamed skin.
How to use it: Though it may be harder to find them in mainstream product lines, you can often find comfrey soaps and lotions on sites like Etsy or anywhere else artisan grooming products are sold.
15. Rosemary – improve memory
This ultra-fragrant, evergreen herb has garnered interest in recent decades for medical and pharmaceutical uses, most notably as a mild memory enhancer.
How to use it: Aromatherapy products such as essential oils can be found for rosemary, but the plant itself can leave a noticeable scent even when dried.
16. Passion Flower – reduces anxiety
There are around 500 species under the Passiflora genus, most of which are appreciated for their beautiful blooms as well as their tasty fruit. It has proven to be a viable treatment for some anxiety forms.
How to use it: Passionflower tea has a pleasant and sweet taste and can be found in both health food stores and most regular grocers. Tinctures and essential oils also exist.
17. Tobacco – treat bee stings
Tobacco is regarded for little else than its addictive nicotine content, but it also doubles as a surprisingly impressive way to treat wasp and bee stings.  Tobacco acts as a sort of anesthetic to the area, possibly helping to draw out the sting’s toxins as well.
How to use it: Unroll a cigarette and place the tobacco against the sting, then hold it down with a moist washcloth. The moisture is needed so that “juice” will flow to the sting.
18. Sage – fights Alzheimer’s
This grey-green herb has a faint and pleasant smell, and much like rosemary has been said to boost memory recall. While this claim hasn’t been tested, studies have found that sage is a somewhat useful treatment for people with mild to moderate Alzheimers.
How to use it: Sage can be administered in liquid elixir form or in capsules.
19.  Chrysanthemum – fights colds
Chrysanthemum’s medicinal properties are not widely tested by Western scientists, but it is a popular part of Chinese treatments for colds and other mild sickness.
How to use it: Warm chrysanthemum tea is recommended.
20. Fennel Seeds – soothes indigestion
Fennel seed has shown promising results as a relief agent for bloating and constipation.
How to use it: Fennel can be bought both in capsule form and as a tea.


31 Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

image in Daily Health Tips, Featured October 2, 2014
Cod liver oil is extracted from the liver of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). This is obtained by pressing the steamed liver of cod fish till it produces yellow oil. It is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that can cure serious health problems. This oil is normally taken as a dietary supplement. It contains high amount of vitamin A and D, and small amount of vitamin K. It is full of nutrients and regarded as one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). These fatty acids prevent all sorts of ailments that range from heart diseases to eczema. You can also intake cod liver oil in the form of a capsule. Health Benefits of Cod Liver Oil Cod liver oil is a super food that contains incredible healing properties.
1. Alleviates Joint Stiffness and Arthritis Cod liver oil relieves the joint pain caused due to arthritis. It soothes the inflammation and reduces the chances of joint replacement. The enzymes associated with pain and cartilage damage can be reduced through cod liver oil. One should have a teaspoon of it daily.
2. Heals Wounds The application of cod liver oil ointment on wounds speeds up the healing process.
3. Promotes Cognitive Performance Cod liver oil is loaded with vitamin D that plays an important role in maintaining the proper brain functioning, in the old age.
4. Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases Being a good source of fatty acid, cod liver oil prevents coronary atherosclerosis. Omega-3 lines up the arteries and heals the damage. Even if you have gone through a heart surgery, regularly consume a tsp of cod liver oil to improve the functioning of your heart. The vitamin D and A supports the elasticity of blood vessels and improves the functionality of muscles.
5. Helps Fight Tuberculosis Cod liver oil is an affluent source of Vitamin D, which significantly combats all sorts of infections, including tuberculosis.
6. Reduces Inflammation Omega-3 fatty acids in cod liver oil reduces the inflammation of the cells.
7. Cancer Vitamin D also wards off various types of cancer such as prostate, lymphoma, lungs and skin cancers. Cod liver oil is an excellent supplement of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids that have synergistic anticancer effects.
8. Controls Cholesterol Cod liver oil supplement can help those people who are suffering from high cholesterol. Simply consume one to two teaspoons daily, in order to reduce LDL level.
9. Reduces the Risk of Fracture Cod liver oil supplements can benefit elderly people, by reducing the risk of fracture. Combination of calcium and vitamin D prevents the feebleness and fracture in older persons.
10. Checks the Liver Issues Cod liver oil helps people with some specific liver issues. Liver damage occurs mainly due to alterations in cell appearance or the elevation of enzymes. Studies have revealed that the amount of elevated liver enzymes reduces considerably, in the presence of cod liver oil.
11. Prevents Ulcer Cod liver oil cures the gastric ulcers and prevents the development of duodenal ulcers.
12. Treats Rickets Rickets are mainly caused due to the deficiency of vitamin D. Since it is rich in vitamin D, cod liver oil can prevent rickets to a great extent.
13. Relieves Muscle Pain People with low vitamin D mainly suffer from muscle and bone pain. They also experience immense leg pain and often find difficulty in climbing the stairs. Studies have shown that a single teaspoon of cod liver oil increases the levels of vitamin D in our body, and also increases the strength of muscles.
14. Fights Type 1 Diabetes in Children According to a research, a woman can lower the risk of having a child with type 1 diabetes, if she takes one teaspoon of cod liver oil daily during her pregnancy. Note- Pregnant women are advised to consult their doctors before taking cod liver oil, on a daily basis.
15. Maintains Brain and Mental Health Cod liver oil boosts your mental health and provides respite from depression and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Our brain has high omega-3 concentration, and since this oil is well-off with omega-3 fatty acids, it benefits our brain.
16. Burns Fat The omega-3 fatty acids present in cod liver oil regulate the hormonal system which, in turn, promotes the fat burning hormones. Try to get a fermented cod liver oil that will surely help you lose extra fat.
17. Good Vision Cod liver oil contains abundant vitamin A and D, which enables one to maintain a healthy vision for long term. It is also effective in treating some other eye problems.
18. Healthy Immune System Cod liver oil copes up with the deficiency of vitamin C, and normalizes the functions of immune system, which keeps several infectious diseases at bay. Regular consumption of cod liver oil fulfills the required amount of vitamin D in body, which ensures a healthy immune system. Beauty Benefits of Cod Liver Oil
19. Removes Scar Since decades, cod liver oil has been used in maintaining a healthy skin. Folks apply this oil directly on their skin to heal the local burns, as it doesn’t let any burn marks or scars stay. It gives a glowing and radiant skin and also improves the darker complexion. Regular consumption of cod liver oil helps maintain a young look for a longer time period. It also minimizes the wrinkles.
20. Moisturizes Dry Skin Dry skin is a very common problem for millions of people. It causes itchiness and redness. Cod liver oil moisturizes and softens the dry skin. If taken orally, cod liver oil can reduce the levels of leukotriene B4 – a substance that raises the problem of severe dry skin. Consequently, cod liver oil makes your dry skin appear shiny and healthy.

Other Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

21. Prevents infection of your inner ear.
22. Helps combat kidney disease (early symptoms).
23. Treats Crohn’s disease.
24. Reduces high blood pressure.
25. Treats psoriasis.
26. Soothes bronchial asthma.
27. Reduces levels of triglycerides in your bloodstream.
28. Prevents birth defects caused due to vitamin A & D deficiency.
29. Reduces risk of lupus contraction.
30. Alleviates headache and migraine.
31. Cures digestive problems such as constipation.

Therefore, cod liver oil can assist you fight a number of ailments, without any side effects.