Friday, November 30, 2012

Put our 'Children First' this Christmas - Lead Stories - Jamaica Gleaner - Friday | November 30, 2012

Put our 'Children First' this Christmas - Lead Stories - Jamaica Gleaner - Friday | November 30, 2012

Christmas Project

The team will be working on an exciting project this Christmas we hope to feed some of our less fortunate friends this holiday . With donations we will even be able to give some lovely children gifts for the holidays . Check out our projects page at Crowd Rise and support us .

The Must-Know Benefits of Marijuana Tea | Weed Daily | Weed News | Weed Health | Weed Information

The Must-Know Benefits of Marijuana Tea | Weed Daily | Weed News | Weed Health | Weed Information

The Must-Know Benefits of Marijuana Tea

marijuana-tea-cupMarijuana has been around for a long time. Some consume it on regular basis, which has ignited curiosity in medical science to study the benefits of Marijuana Tea. It is highly factual that some people have been using it for thousands of years for effective handling of various diseases. This ongoing article is more focused on realizing the health effects of marijuana in a scientific and proven way achieved by intensive research and considerations.
A quick glance on historical aspects:
  • In 1937 during the fight against drugs, Marijuana acquired the tag of immorality and soon was declared illegal worldwide.
  • Though, there was a complete absence of scientific facts to support the negative traits of Marijuana, people chose to remain unaware about the benefits Marijuana tea.
  • The hemp plant as it’s called, marijuana was first made to use in the form of fabric which is deemed to have been woven from its dried forms.
  • There are several other incidents which supported the fights to reform the use of marijuana and its other uses.
Positive Medical applications of marijuana:
Credit goes to researchers and medical field practitioners who have made it feasible to get our facts right on realizing the benefits of marijuana tea.
1) Neuropathy:
  • Marijuana is very much instrumental in the treatment of nerve pain. The pain can be prolonged if the nerve fibers are damaged. They barely give you a break in experiencing severe pain with the constant recurring pain signals.
  • Marijuana acts as an enchanter here which helps to kill the pain or burn the same. It allows the neuropathic patients to become functional in normal ways again.
2) Alzheimer’s disease:
  • THC ( Tetrahydrocannabinol ) one of the active ingredients of marijuana is very promising in combating Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting the creation of amyloid plaque. These plaques if present in the brain are positive indicators to Alzheimer’s disease.
3) Poor appetite:
  • The body in turn loses the excessive fats and muscle build ups. The same condition is seen in HIV infected people; they entertain poor appetites and also linked with nausea, vomiting, etc. Marijuana comes over this; it restores appetite and eradicates nausea.
4) Other diseases:
  • The benefits of marijuana tea are extended further in treating diseases like cancer multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. It effectively causes the growth of neurodegeneration (which initiates multiple sclerosis) to be sluggish.
5) Assorted benefits:
  • It has a good psychological impact on the body if consumed in decent amounts. It helps a person to experience utmost relaxation with him and the surrounding.
  • The benefits of marijuana tea also find an innovative way when it’s compared with nicotine present in tobacco products. Marijuana is less addictive when compared with nicotine and its effects are less harmful when compared with alcohol and other tobacco products.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All they want for Christmas ... Wards at Walker's Place of Safety share their wish lists - Lead Stories - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | November 27, 2012

All they want for Christmas ... Wards at Walker's Place of Safety share their wish lists - Lead Stories - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | November 27, 2012

All They Want For Christmas ... Wards At Walker's Place Of Safety Share Their Wish Lists

Published: Tuesday | November 27, 20120 Comments
Stephanie McKenzie-Hinds, supervisor at the Walker's Place of Safety, gives a hug to children at the home during a visit yesterday. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
Stephanie McKenzie-Hinds, supervisor at the Walker's Place of Safety, gives a hug to children at the home during a visit yesterday. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
More than anything, the children of the Walker's Place of Safety in St Andrew want to go home to spend Christmas with their families.
Sitting on the veranda of the children's home yesterday, some played with their toys while others were busy doing homework as they shared with The Gleaner their Christmas wish.
"I want anything that can help me with schoolwork, especially maths. And I would surely like toys," declared bright and sprightly eight-year-old John.
Taking a break from his homework, the boy was quite prime in informing that he wasn't so good with mathematics, hence why he needed the help.
"I really want the help with my schoolwork because if I do well, it will help with my career later in life to become a pilot," he stated with confidence and pride.
But soon a solemn demeanour overshadowed his bright countenance when he added, "I really want to go home to my family".
The only thing 10-year-old Brianwanted for Christmas was "to go home and be with my mother and father" … nothing more.
Proudly announcing that her birthday was December 4, nine-year-old Sherylwas all smiles when she made it clear that her Christmas wish was for a bicycle, "but I won't be here for Christmas. I'm going home."
With a cute, dimpled smile, 13-year-old Debbiewanted a laptop more than anything, "because it will really help me with my homework for school".
"And I will be home with my family," she truly hoped.
Quite shy and not wanting to share her Christmas wish, nine-year-old Monicafinally revealed that outside of being with her family for the holidays, she would really love a "PSP to play games".
long list
With a Christmas wish list much longer than everyone else's, 10-year-old Markwanted "a black remote-controlled car, football, Generation X robot, Ben 10 Alien Force, battle gun roller, reading book, writing book" - after a long sigh to catch his breath - "and I want to go home".
Smiling as she listened to her charges reveal their Christmas wishes, supervisor of the home, Stephanie McKenzie-Hinds, was hoping their wishes would all come true.
She said each Christmas a Good Samaritan would host a treat for the approximately 30 children, which the children looked forward to. She was hoping that this year would be no different.
As for the needs of the home, she noted, "We need an industrial wiping pan, kitchen appliances, a blackboard and material to make uniforms and clothes for the children."
The children have been placed in state care for a number of reasons, including abuse, incest, abandonment, and being in need of care and protection.
The Walker's Place of Safety, which has been taking care of children in need since 1971, has responsibility for boys and girls ages two to 12 years, with a few girls up to age 24 recently placed there.
Names changed to protect identity.
  • 10-y-o Brian - '(I want) to go home and be with my mother and father.'
  • 10-y-o Mark - 'A black remote-controlled car, football, Generation X robot, Ben 10 Alien Force, battle gun roller, reading book, writing book … and I want to go home.'
  • 13-y-o Debbie - 'A laptop.'
  • 9-y-o Sheryl - 'A bicycle.'
  • 8-y-o John - 'I want anything that can help me with schoolwork, especially maths. And I would surely like toys.'
  • 9-y-o Monica - 'PSP to play games.'

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rosacea - Natural Treatments to Consider

Rosacea - Natural Treatments to Consider

Natural Treatments for Rosacea

By , Guide
Updated September 27, 2011 Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical Review Board

What is Rosacea?
More than 14 million people in North America have rosacea, a chronic skin condition. Women, fair-skinned people between the ages of 30 and 60 are more likely to be affected.
Symptoms and signs of rosacea include:
  • Areas of redness on your face 
  • Small red bumps or pustules on your nose, cheeks, forehead, and/or chin
  • Small blood vessels on your nose and/or cheeks (called telangiectasia)
  • Tendency to flush or blush
Rosacea may also result in a red, bulbous nose, called rhinophyma, or a burning or gritty sensation in your eyes, called ocular rosacea.

Natural Treatments for Rosacea

Conventional treatments for rosacea include avoiding triggers that worsen rosacea symptoms and medication. Laser therapy may be suggested to reduce flushing and the appearance of blood vessels. The following are some of the most frequently used natural treatments for rosacea.

1) Chrysanthellum Indicum Cream

A cream containing an extract of the herb Chrysanthellum indicum has been explored for the treatment of rosacea. Compounds in the extract appear to strengthen capillaries. A large study involving 246 people with rosacea examined the safety and effectiveness of a cream containing one percent Chrysanthellum indicum extract (applied twice a day) or placebo.
After 12 weeks, the Chrysanthellum indicum cream significantly improved rosacea symptoms, including facial redness, compared to placebo. Adverse reactions were mild and did not differ compared with the placebo group.

2) Green Tea Cream

One small study, presented as an abstract at the 2005 American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting, found evidence that a green tea cream may help people with rosacea.
The study involved 60 women aged 25 to 50 years. All had red bumps and pustules, 20 had redness, and 17 had visible blood vessels. Half of the women applied the green tea cream containing 2% polyphenone) twice a day and the other half applied the placebo cream.
After four weeks, women using the green tea cream had a significant reduction in the number of red bumps and pustules compared to those applying the placebo cream. The small study was 75 percent funded by a company, Syed Skincare Inc., owned by Dr. Syed. Larger, independently-funded studies are needed.

3) Niacinamide Cream

Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, has been used topically for rosacea. It is thought to improve the skin barrier, improve the skin’s moisture level, and reduce inflammation. One study looked at a niacinamide-containing facial moisturizer (applied twice daily) or a placebo moisturizer in 50 people with rosacea. After four weeks, the niacinamide-containing moisturizer was found to improve the skin barrier. Niacinamide taken orally has also been explored for rosacea.

4) Licorice

Another topical treatment used for rosacea is the herb licorice. One study examined the effect of a topical licorice skin regimen in 62 people with mild to moderate facial redness. There was significant improvement in redness at the four and eight week assessments.

5) Digestive Enzymes

Some people with rosacea have indigestion, especially after eating fatty foods. One study found a deficiency of the pancreatic enzyme lipase, an enzyme that helps to digest fat.
When the rosacea patients in the study were given pancreatic enzyme supplements with meals, their symptoms of indigestion and rosacea both improved.

6) B Vitamins

Inadequate riboflavin, caused by insufficient dietary intake or poor absorption in the digestive tract, may be associated with rosacea.
One study found that Demodex folliculorum mites, which are normally found on the skin but more in larger numbers on the skin of rosacea patients, are more likely to affect the skin of animals in riboflavin. An increased number of mites may cause blockage of the pores from inflammation or may allow for the growth of bacteria on the skin. Read my fact sheet on B Complex.

7) Azelaic Acid Cream

Azelaic acid cream is derived from wheat, rye and barley. It appears to have antimicrobial action that slows the growth of skin bacteria and appears to be effective at reducing skin redness and papules and pustules associated with rosacea.
One study conducted by the University of British Columbia found that azelaic acid 20 percent cream was as effective as topical metronidazole 0.75 percent cream in reducing the number of papules and pustules on the skin. Azelaic acid also appeared to be slightly more effective at reducing redness.
In addition, overall improvement was rated by physicians as higher with azelaic acid. Both creams, however, showed equal improvement in the symptoms of dryness, burning, telangiectasia and itching. The most common side effect of the azelaic acid cream was stinging on application, but the patients still had a better overall impression of azelaic acid than the metronidazole cream.
Besides stinging, side effects of azelaic acid may include lightening of darkened areas of skin, although the skin does not appear to lighten beyond its normal color.

8) Food Intolerances

Some alternative practitioners have found clinically that certain foods may be associated with rosacea symptoms. Foods may cause the release of chemicals that dilate blood vessels and cause flushing.
An inexpensive and effective way of identifying food intolerance is through an elimination and challenge diet, which involves removing allergenic foods from the diet for one to two weeks then systematically introducing them into the diet to isolate the foods that cause reactions. Supervision by a health practitioner is recommended.

9) Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar taken orally is used as a home remedy for rosacea. It is thought to stimulate the release of digestive enzymes and help normalize the bacterial balance in the intestines. Consult a health practitioner before trying apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is available in liquid and tablet form. There have been reports linking use of the tablets with esophageal injury. Read my fact sheet on Apple Cider Vinegar.

Other Natural Treatments for Rosacea

  • Aloe
  • Burdock
  • Chamomile
  • Betaine hydrochoride
  • Red clover
  • Rose hips
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Friday, November 16, 2012

Nettles | Nettle Tea Recipe | Health Benefits of Nettles Tea

Nettles | Nettle Tea Recipe | Health Benefits of Nettles Tea

Benefits of Nettle plant

     It can be said about nettle that it is one of the wonder plants that nature has gifted us with. It is renowned because of its astringent, expectorant, tonic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic properties and as an important source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, C and E, iron, calcium, phosphates and minerals. All these qualities recommend it as a powerful remedy against hepatic, arthritic or rheumatic conditions, and as an adjuvant in treating allergies, anemia and kidney diseases.

Description of Nettle plant

     In historical terms, it seems that nettle (Urtica Dioica) has been used since prehistoric times. In Denmark, a tissue of this plant was found in a tomb dating from the Bronze Age. There is evidence that in the Neolithic era, the nettle's stem has been used to make strings. It is also a known fact that Caesar's Roman troops brought nettle from England. Because of the uncommon properties of nettle fibers, it has also been used in the textile industry; for example the uniforms of the German army during the First World War were made out of nettle.

nettle plant

Properties and benefits of Nettles

     Nettle contains a great number of amino acids, glucidic substances, amines, sterols, cetones as methyl heptenone, acetophenone, volatile oil, fatty substances, sitosterols, formic and acetic acid, panthotenic acid, folic acid, chlorophyl 0.3 - 0.8, protoporphyrine and coproporphynine. It also contains vitamins C, B2 and K, beta-carotene, Ca, Mg, Fe and Si salts, phosphates etc. Because of these compounds, the plant has anti-anemic, anti-diabetic, haemostatic and diuretic properties.

Mixtures and treatments

     Perhaps the most well known property of nettle is that it stings. It is said that if it hadn't been so, the plant would not have lasted through time. As a matter of fact, the Swiss priest, Kunzle, shows that nettle would have been destroyed by insects and animals by now, had it not defended itself by stinging. However, folk medicine has proved the usefulness of this property: fresh nettle leaves placed on the skin, and especially on the kidney area (a practice named urticaria) induces a stinging and burning sensation, with the effect of easing more profound rheumatic pains.

     In the present we can enjoy all benefits of this wonder-plant through the various brews and recipes. Here are some of them:


Nettle tea

     Nettle tea it cures diseases and inflammations of the urinary system, and also urinary retentions. It has a slightly laxative effect, being recommended in depurative remedies. For hepatic, biliary diseases as well as for conditions of the spleen, the treatment with nettle tea will last for a number of weeks. Nettle tea can also be of great help to those who suffer from diabetes, because it leads to the decrease of blood sugar and implicitly, of the glycemic level. It is useful in eliminating viruses, and bacterial infections. Preparation: the tea can be prepared through soaking the fresh or dried leaves in boiled water. This method allows the retention of active substances.

Nettle infusion

     Washing the scalp with nettle (leaves or roots) infusion helps regenerate, grow and thicken the hair. Preparation: to prepare the infusion, mix 60g of finely crushed nettles with two and a half cups of water. The mixture is boiled, and then covered for 10 minutes. It can be consumed either hot or cold.

Nettle tincture

     It eliminates dandruff and leaves the hair silky. Moreover, this strengthens and revitalizes the hair. Preparation: leave six-seven fresh leaves or two spoons of the dried plant to macerate in half a liter of alcohol for ten days. The mixture is then used to rub the hair root.


Nettle juice

     For hypertension drink half a glass right before the most important meals. It has the effect of regulating arterial pressure and straightening blood vessels. In case of renal insufficiency, one glass of nettle juice per day should be consumed in the morning after waking up. The diet lasts for 20-30 days. In case of anemia and demineralization - consume one-two glasses of nettle juice for two weeks. Preparation: gather the nettle leaves and stem and put them into the fruit juicer. The paste is then filtered and the resulting juice is kept cold in the refrigerator in dark colored bottles.

Root powder

     Follow a 60 day treatment against frail, dry hair, during which half a teaspoon of root powder is administered three times a day on an empty stomach. Preparation: the dried nettle roots are finely crushed using an electric coffee grinder.

     Nettle helps strengthen the immune system, annihilating the predisposition towards colds. Anemia, fatigue, exhaustion and other effects of stress can be fought if we add nettle, rich in iron and mineral, to our daily nutrition or to the periodic remedies we undergo.

Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear): Health Benefits and Uses | Healthypix

Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear): Health Benefits and Uses | Healthypix

Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear): Health Benefits and Uses

Scientific Name: Opuntia Tuna
Common Name: ​Tuna, Prickly Pear, Indian Fig
Family:  Cactaceae

Opuntia Tuna Description and Overview:
Tuna is a common Jamaican plant, which is also commonly known as prickly pear or opuntia. It is typically seen in most Jamaican home gardens. Like all true cactus species, prickly pears are native only to the Western hemisphere; however, they have been introduced to other parts of the globe. Prickly pear species are found in abundance in Mexico, especially in the central and western regions. These plants do extremely well in dry rocky areas, which makes it drought resistant.
Prickly pears (opuntia) typically grow with flat, rounded cladodes (also called platyclades) that are armed with two kinds of spines; large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike prickles called glochids, that easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant. Many types of prickly pears grow into dense, tangled structures.
Plant Constituents: They contain a series of characteristic alkaloids. The stem is said to contain calcium oxalate and calcium malate. It also produces tuna gum which contains a substance called bassorin. The fruit is an astringent. (8, I5, 26).

Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear)0
Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear)

Therapeutic Uses, Benefits and Claims of Opuntia Tuna:

  • Leaves (stems) of tuna are used to make a decoction used to treat internal inflammation.
  • Sliced tuna stem is used to reduce swellings.
  • Stems are used to treat vomiting and fever.
  • The sliced stem is applied to headaches and other pains.
  •  For treatment of constipation the stem is combined with salt and applied as a poultice.
  • The leaves can be used for animal feed in times of drought.
  • It is used to control soil erosion.
  • It is used as a hair treatment to strengthen the hair roots and shampoo.
  • The plant is also used as a mild laxative by boiling and drinking it sugar free.

Dosage and Administration of Opuntia Tuna

Sliced stem can be applied in some cases.
The fruit can be liberally eaten

Potential Side Effects of Opuntia Tuna

No proven side effects.

Tips & Warnings of Opuntia Tuna

Prickles from plant can easily penetrate skin.


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Herbal Remedies

Use Activated Charcoal to remove toxins and reduce cholesterol

Use Activated Charcoal to remove toxins and reduce cholesterol

Use Activated Charcoal to remove toxins and reduce cholesterol

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 by: Shona Botes

(NaturalNews) As long ago as 1550BC, activated charcoal was documented for use in treating medical conditions. It has been used by North American Indians to treat bruises, inflammation and skin infections. Activated charcoal has also been reported to help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and lipids found in the blood.

A single teaspoon of activated charcoal has a surface area of approximately 10 000 square feet. It adsorbs (binds to and helps eliminate from the body) poisons, heavy metals, chemicals and intestinal gases that have thousands of times more weight than it has, making it very effective in detoxing and eliminating toxins and poisonous substances from the body. It is also able to adsorb many different pharmaceutical drugs, opium, cocaine, morphine, pesticides (among them DDT), chemicals, mercury and even lead.

Activated charcoal can be used to treat skin ailments, diarrhoea, bad breath, constipation and body odour. It can be used as a poultice to treat insect stings, mushroom poisoning, poison ivy, cholera, dysentery, bites and inflammation. It can also be used to treat snake bites in an emergency. Babies born with jaundice have been known to be treated with activated charcoal as well.

Activated charcoal is available in many different forms such as powder in a capsule, liquid form, suspension, chewable tablets and powder form. It is often used as an ingredient in body detox products and colon cleansers. Some people report that using activated charcoal when they have flu or other viruses helps them to recover quicker. The reason for this is that it is able to prevent viruses and bacteria from remaining active in the body while absorbing a great deal of their toxins before they have a chance to spread or multiply.

Studies have shown that activated charcoal even has anti-aging properties. It helps improve liver, adrenal gland and kidney functions with regular use. Those suffering from digestive ailments such as indigestion, bloating or gas can benefit from activated charcoal because the charcoal enters the digestive tract and absorbs excess gas, which may be present there. It also improves the functioning of the liver, heart and brain and helps to decrease cholesterol levels and the risk of coronary artery disease.

When using activated charcoal, it is best to take it between meals and a few hours after using any vitamin or mineral supplements, as it may interfere with the absorption of these into the body. It must also be stored in a properly sealed container away from heat and moisture. It should preferably be used with water only, or taken alone, as anything else such as fruit juice or ice cream will cause it to lose a great deal of its effectiveness.

In large doses, activated charcoal may cause stools to turn black. This is normal. In large doses, it may also lead to diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting. Those suffering from obstruction of the bowel should not use this product.


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

7 of the Most Potent Herbs for Male Sexual Health

7 of the Most Potent Herbs for Male Sexual Health

7 of the Most Potent Herbs for Male Sexual Health

Nowadays more and more men are becoming interested in using natural herbs to enhance their sexual life. There are several herbs that can be used to activate sexual desire, promote erections and to maintain prostate and at the same time increase virility. Here are some of the most potent and tested herbs that have been used for sometime around the world to promote male sexual health.
Herb 1: Ginseng
Most Potent Herbs for Male Sexual HealthThe authors of a report that is published by the Department of Physiology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine recommends ginseng for erectile dysfunction. Traditionally, ginseng enhances energy and both mental and physical stamina. You can find ginseng in Chinese herb shops in the form of dried or fresh whole root and in many packaged forms in some health food stores.
Herb 2: Ashwagandha
According to Dr. Ray Shelian’s 2004 book “Natural Sex Boosters”, ashwagandha can increase blood circulation to the male sexual organs. Ashwagandha is known as Ayurveda in The Indian traditional medicine and they consider it as a top male sexual health herbal tonic. Ashwagandha can be bought in the form of capsules and is often blended with other herbs as part of a male herbal sexual tonic formula.
Herb 3: Yohimbe
Many people consider yohimbe as the most powerful herbal male sexual herb in the market. As published in the journal of “Sexual and Relationship Therapy” in 1989, it is associated with improved quality erections to a significant degree. Yohimbe is so potent that it can cause a number of side effects that is associated in the increase of blood pressure if used in excessive amounts, the Mayo Clinic emphasized. Yohimbe is being sold in supplement form with dosage listed on most packaged products. It is available in bulk.
Herb 4: Maca
Maca has been used for sexual enhancements since the Incan empire, according to the book of Johnny Bowden “Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth” in 2008. Another name for Maca is “Peruvian Ginseng.” It is being sold in health food stores and also online in the form of powder which can be added to smoothies, soups and even in cereals.
Herb 5: Saw Palmetto
This has been used by health care professionals in promoting prostate health ever since the mid of 19th century. It is said to balance testosterone levels in the male body and reduces prostate swelling that impede urine flow. Blood flow may also be restricted due to prostate enlargement which can also affect erection. For best absorption, saw palmetto berries can be taken in extract form. If saw palmetto extract is not available, a tea can be made by steeping muslin-covered saw palmetto berries for about 10 minutes. You should drink the tea three times a day.
Herb 6: Horny Goat Weed
Traditionally, this can be used as a natural remedy for sexual dysfunction. As it is also called Yin Yang Huo, it is noted for its libido boosting and stamina enhancing properties but the best thing is it promotes an overall health. Its effect however, needs a week to be noticed. Extracts should be taken many times a day for the desired effect with the usual dose of 3 grams a day.
Herb 7: Muira Puama
Muira Puama is also known as “potency wood” and is noted for its libido and desire enhancing properties. It is also incorporated as an alternative remedy for erectile dysfunction and fatigue. Its effect is noticeable in just hours. Muira puama is available in capsules which should be taken 2-4 times a day with most dosages of 200 miligrams per capsule.
There are many other herbs that are potent for male sexual health. You have choices but remember to ask your doctor’s advice on how to take one.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Top 5 Herbs to Help Men Sleep - Men's Health - Naturally Savvy

Top 5 Herbs to Help Men Sleep - Men's Health - Naturally Savvy

Sleeping is as important to health as eating well and getting proper exercise.
After the age of 25, men experience a decline in deep sleep that is accompanied by a drop in growth hormone (GH) production. GH deficiency is related to reduced muscle mass and strength, increased fat tissue, weakened immunity to infection, and other health issues. If you need help getting a good night’s sleep, try one or more of the following herbs or find a supplement containing them. Always purchaseorganic herbs when possible.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Also known as melissa, it is a traditional herbal remedy for inducing relaxed sleep. Several studies have shown the effectiveness of using Lemon balm to treat stress, anxiety and insomnia. One study of a Lemon balm/Valerian combination was found to be as effective as the prescription drug Halcion used to treat insomnia. The Commission E of the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices actually approves the use of Lemon balm for "nervous sleeping disorders".
Valerian (Valeriana officialis)
Valerian enhances sleep quality without causing morning drowsiness. Men who are desperate for a good night’s sleep without the dangerous side effects of prescription drugs should use this as a natural alternative. Valerian increases the brains levels of GABA which is the calming neurotransmitter helping us sleep.  Results with Valerian can take 2-3 weeks, so be patient. Valerian has been used for more than 1,000 years for its sedative qualities.
Most people think "beer" when they hear the word hops, and maybe that is why they get so tired after drinking a few. The Cherokee used hops as a sedative and sleep aid. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is also used to treat insomnia. In one clinical study, the authors found that a hops-valerian preparation was a sensible alternative to benzodiazepine for the treatment of non-chronic and non-psychiatric sleep disorders [1]. The sedative and sleep-inducing effects of hops are definitely worth a try.
Passionflower is another popular herb used to induce restful sleep. Passionflower is good for men who want to relax after a stressful day. One of the greatest benefits of using this herb before going to sleep is you wake up feeling unbelievably refreshed and alert. The flower works gently as a mild, non-addictive herbal tranquilizer by sedating the central nervous system. This herb has also been useful in reducing tension, anxiety and stress.
This is a valued herb in Ayurvedic medicine, also known as "Indian ginseng" and its Latin name means "sleep-inducing". In another translation it means the "strength of 10 horses". This also may be why it is commonly used as an aphrodisiac and may help prevent male sterility. However, it is fantastic as a sleep aid and is thought to work by increasing brain levels of GABA and acetylcholine. Although Ashwagandha is effective for insomnia, it does not act as a sedative. Its healing properties helpbalance the body by relaxing the nervous system.
Reference: Schmitz and Jackel, 1998.

Sorrel Health Benefits, Medicinal Properties, Side Effects & Hazards

Sorrel Health Benefits, Medicinal Properties, Side Effects & Hazards

Sorrel Health Benefits

Sorrel is a leafy green vegetable that looks a lot like spinach. This vegetable is native to Europe and is commonly known as spinach dock, sour grabs, or sour grass. One of the main ingredients in sorrel is oxalic acid, which gives it its acidity and prominent taste. Sorrel is extremely low in calories and high in water content, which makes it a healthy food choice for health conscious individuals. Some of the other important nutritional information and facts about sorrel are as under:

  • It is an extremely rich source of vitamin A, B9, and C
  • It is a good source of vital minerals such as potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and calcium
  • Being rich in oxalic acid, sorrel may not be an ideal choice for everyone, especially those suffering from rheumatism, bladder, and kidney stones
  • It contains powerful laxative properties and over consumption may result in diarrhea
  • It is low in energy content but provides adequate dietary fibers
Not only can you use sorrel as both a fresh and dried herb in cooking, you can also use it to prepare hot and cold teas.

Apart from its regular uses, there are also a number of health benefits of sorrel. Sorrel contains nutraceleuticals that are very effective in treating and preventing a wide variety of diseases including cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Some of the main health benefits of sorrel concerning specific health problems are as under:

  • Hypertension: Experts recommend drinking tea made from sorrel for blood pressure reduction, especially in patients suffering from type-2 diabetes. Studies have shown that drinking 2-3 cups of sorrel tea everyday helps in lowering the blood pressure considerably by at least 7-14mm hg. Researchers believe that the anthocyanins found in the sorrel plant are responsible for effectively reducing high blood pressure.
  • Cancer: The flavonoids found in the sorrel plant are good deterrents against particular types of cancers. These flavonoids help in destroying cancer cells in the body and prevent further spread of this disease. They are also helpful in strengthening the immune system. Sheep sorrel in particular is a good natural cure for cancer. It contains oxalic acid and chlorophyll that are both effective in fighting cancer. Therefore, many people regularly eat sorrel leaves as a preventive measure against cancer.
  • Hair: Sorrel is also a good natural treatment for dry and damaged hair. It is widely used in commercial hair care products for this very reason. Experts believe that sorrel can also help control balding when applied regularly to bald patches. Therefore, it is also considered a good cure for mild hair loss.
Some of the other health benefits of sorrel are as follows:

  • Sorrel leaves help cure gonorrhea, urinary tract infections, scurvy, chronic catarrh, and hemorrhages
  • Sorrel contains powerful antioxidants that help prevent premature aging
  • Sorrel leaves are dried and used for the treatment of ringworm, itchy skin, and seasonal fevers
  • Sorrel tea is a natural cure for kidney stones and jaundice
  • It is a natural laxative that helps in treating problems like constipation
  • Sorrel leaf juice is applied topically for the treatment of ulcers, boils, and malignant tumors
  • Sorrel is also effective in curing scorbutic and inflammatory diseases
Sorrel for Women:

Sorrel is a good food for women because of its nutritional contents. Being a rich source of calcium, it is good for maintaining bone health in women and preventing problems like osteoporosis. However, due to the lack of scientific evidence, experts do not recommend eating sorrel during pregnancy. Some herbal tinctures of sorrel may contain high levels of alcohol that may be harmful to the developing baby. According to experts, sorrel is also one of the herbs to avoid during the breastfeeding tenure. A large intake of sorrel may reduce the supply of breast milk and in turn hamper the baby’s nutritional needs. On the other hand, sorrel is a good herb to use when weaning, to reduce milk flow. 

Sheep sorrel in particular is a good treatment for breast cancer. It helps in effectively breaking down and reducing tumors in the body. It is a rich source of various vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and chlorophyll that help in fighting breast cancer. Chlorophyll increases the oxygen supply in the body and health experts believe that cancer cells cannot survive for long in an oxygen rich environment. Being rich in oxalic acid, it has powerful anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties that arrest the metastasizing of cancer cells. 

Healing and Medicinal Properties:

For centuries, experts in folk medicine have advocated sorrel healing and the medicinal properties of this herb. Some of its essential medicinal properties are as under:

  • Sorrel contains powerful antioxidant properties that help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body.
  • It contains effective diuretic properties that help in increasing the production of urine, thereby assisting in weight loss as well.
  • Sorrel has powerful detoxifying properties that help in the elimination of harmful toxins from the body that can cause a number of diseases and infections.
  • It contains protocatechuic acid that helps eliminate harmful free radicals from the body.
  • Sorrel also contains effective anti-bacterial properties that help prevent as well as treat a number of infections and related diseases.
  • It helps strengthen the functioning of the heart and liver and fights various inflammations present in the body.
  • A combination of sorrel juice and castor oil in equal proportions is an effective cure for insomnia and other problems.

Side Effects of Sorrel

Although sorrel has a number of health benefits, it is also important to understand its risks on health. One of the biggest hazards of sorrel is that it can lead to death when eaten in large quantities, because of its high oxalic acid content. Some of its other side effects include:

  • Kidney stones
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin rash
  • Skin irritation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Dizziness
  • Liver disease