My passion for good health and natural living has always driven me to share what I have learned about natural remedies for health promotion and illness prevention. And, although it is true that the development and mass production of chemically synthesized drugs has revolutionized health care in most parts of the word during the past 100 years, many people still rely on natural and herbal medicines.
The use of natural health remedies also increases when conventional medicine has been ineffective in the treatment of disease, such as in advanced cancer and infectious diseases. Today, natural remedies are commonly used in the prevention and treatment of a variety of ailments including inflammation, chronic,and acute conditions, as well as in an effort to boost the immune system and quality of life.
Natural remedies can be taken in many different ways and forms, including the whole herb, syrups, teas, essential oils, rubs, capsules, and tablets that contain a ground or powdered form of the raw herb or its dried extract.
Natural and herbal remedies use the plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark and flowers. Likewise, not only is the type of environment in which the plant grows important, but also the way in which it was harvested and processed. The major areas of concern with the use of herbs and plants is quality, safety, and production. As with the consumption of raw fruits, plants and vegetables, it is imperative that only 100% organic and pure forms be used. Whether it’s an essential oil, herb, prescribed, or over the counter medication, all should be treated with respect and caution. Our age, health history, medications taken, and body chemistry are all key factors in personal health care. Likewise, it is crucial that we research and educate ourselves before we take anything, not only in examining the various benefits but also in the safely of its dosage.
With so many natural remedies readily available today, the need for expensive prescription medication can decrease drastically. Without a doubt, there are times when only prescription medicine will do, but natural remedies offer a vital role in our preventative health care. So, if by using natural herbs and spices to supplement my diet I can focus on my overall health protection and maintenance, I whole-heartedly say, “why not?” If daily natural remedies will help keep the doctor away, then I completely agree with Hippocrates when he says, “Nature Itself Is The Best Physician.”
In my book I include a compilation of my favorite natural remedies for health, beauty, and home care. I include everything from my favorite household cleaners and disinfectants to my very own survival bag and home-made PerfectBalm.
Perfect Balm For Face & Body …
Although I am a strong believer that diet plays the largest role in how our skin looks and feels, skin care using pure and natural ingredients, including essential and carrier oils, will help create and maintain healthier skin. While essential oils such as frankincense encourage cell regeneration, carrier oils are absorbed safely and effectively, allowing our skin to retain a maximum amount of moisture, which is the key to healthier, more radiant skin. Whether we are experiencing the early signs of aging, fine lines, irritation, or other skin imperfections, I truly believe pure and organic ingredients will help achieve the best results for our skin care.
I no longer purchase the expensive and many times chemical-filled health and beauty care products that inundate the market today. After years of research and trial and error, I created Perfect Balm. Below are the ingredients that I have discovered are the best choices for skin therapy. Perfect Balm is available online and in local health and wellness spas, but I say, try making your own balm. Play around with it. I added turmeric and orange essential oil to my last personal batch. It’s a little more yellow in color but it smells like summer, and I love it! I like knowing exactly what’s going on my skin as well as in my mouth.
Heat 2 cups of coconut oil and 4 cups of Shea butter in a bowl over boiling water until liquid. Pour into 1 quart mason jar. Add 1 oz of carrier and essential oils. Shake until well blended and transfer to smaller glass jars. As with anything new, I suggest starting small. Perhaps using only on your face until accustomed to the feel, smell, and texture of the balm.
I knew I had mastered the ingredients when I received a text from my world-traveling missionary son turned Director of Campus Ministry at JHS, saying …
“Mom I am obsessed with this last batch of PerfectBalm!”
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