MORE LITTLE TIDBIDTS ON HEALING....
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Feel focused with saqe!
It's not just an herb you put in the
holiday stuffing: Sage has been
synonymous with "wisdom" for
centuries, and new research
proves it really does boost your
brainpower! When British
scientists had volunteers take a
memory test, the group that had
consumed sage beforehand
scored much higher and recalled
more words than those who took
a placebo. Compounds in sage
prevent the breakdown of
acetylcholine, a chemical that
transmits messages in the brain.
No stuffing? Sage is also great
Calm frazzled nerves with vanilla!
If the stress of your to-do list has you so
wound up you're not sleeping, the scent
of vanilla can help, says neurologist ~
Alan Hirsch, M.D.! Research shows
folks sleeping in a vanilla-scented
room fell asleep faster and felt
better rested in the morning
than they did in an unscented
room! Scientists used to
credit the fact that the
scent evoked comforting
childhood memories, but
new research shows animals
experience the same effect-which
suggests vanillin, the ingredient that
gives vanilla its aroma, contains
chemicals that work biologically.
Simply sniff some vanilla extract!
Get more done with cloves!
When researchers in Tokyo looked at brain scans of volunteers exposed
to different scents, they found that the scent of cloves actually increase:
beta waves in the front of the brain, leading to more alertness, concentration
and energy. In fact, cloves have even been
shown to improve memory and boost happiness
levels! Stud an orange with whole
cloves for a festive holiday accent, or
simply place some in a bowl
to energize a room!
Wild sage was often burned by Native
Americans to purify the air at ceremonies
-and this wasn't just for show, saysShane
Ellison, author of Over-the-Counter Natural
Cures. "Sagebrush contains the oils thujone, cineole
and sesquiterpenes, which are antiseptics
and anti-inflammatories," he explains.
When sagebrush is burned, these
disinfectants sanitize the entire room.
And when you breathe them into
your lungs and bloodstream, says
.Ellison, they can kill harmful germs
that are in your system, keeping you
healthy! "That's the reason they
often burned sage when they were
sick," he says.You can find the incense
at candle stores or at Amazon.com.
SPEED WEIGHT LOSS COOKING OIL SECRET MACADAMIA NUT OIL
THIS LIGHT. buttery-tasting
cooking oil boosts metabolism
by an impressive 10%, says
Jonny Bowden, author of The
150Healthiest Foods on Earth.
And it contains 30% more
"good" fats that stave off
hunger and reduce the risk of
diabetes, heart disease and
cancer-than any other cooking
oil ... even olive oil! "It also
reduces cellular inflammation,
which is key to weight loss,
immunity and heart health," he
.says, You.can find it in.supermarkets
and health-food stores,
or at MacNutOil.com.
peanut butter -
•••••• New research shows eatinq one ounce,
five times a week, can slash your risk of
developing gallstones by 25%. And that's
huge since that painful condition affects
more than 20 million Americans every year!
Why it works: Your gallbladder
stores up bile, a cholesterol-filled
liquid that helps digest fat. But
even bile can become overloaded
with cholesterol, and when it
does, the excess can harden into
stones. Peanut butter's
natural compounds help cut
cholesterol levels, stopping
stones from forming!
your vision! -
It's the most popular alcoholic
beverage in the U.S., with more'
and more women joining the
ranks of brew-lovers-and
experts now know that downinq
one to two bottles of beer weekly
can help keep your vision clear!
The key,say Canadian scientists,
-is drinking darker varieties, such
as dark ales or stouts, which contain
unique antioxidants that cut
your odds of getting cataracts-a
condition that affects one in
six Americans ever age 40
-by as much as 50%J
Why it works:
parts of cells in
the eye called
are what lead
to the formation
It's been around forever some
experts believe as-lonq
as 80,000 years!-and it's
now Americans' number-one
snack choice. That's great,
given that research from
Tufts University in Boston
shows that eating 3 cups of
popcorn daily can protect
you against diabetes, a
disease now affecting nearly
24 million Americans.
Why it works: Unlike chips
and pretzels, popcorn is
a whole grain, so it
helps keep your blood
sugar and insulin levels
steady. No wonder studies
show that the people who
eat the most popcorn also
tend to have the lowest
body weights and cholesterol
levels-two leading risk
factors for diabetes!
CURE A HEADACHE! ALMONDS
NEXT TIME YOU HAVE A TENSION HEADACHE, NIBBLE ON ALMONDS! THEY CONTAIN SALICYLATES, THE SAME PAINKILLERS FOUND IN ASPIRIN AND JUST A HANDFUL GIVES YOU AN EFFECT EQUAL TO TWO ASPIRIN WITHOUT ANY STOMACH UPSET. THEY'RE ALSO HIGH IN VITAMIN E, WHICH WIDENS BLOOD VESSELS TO EASE CIRCULATION IN THE HEAD, AND MAGNESIUM, WHICH REDUCES MUSCLE TENSION.
SOFTEN SKIN! CALENDULA
THE SMOOTH SKIN COMMON TO WOMEN IN PROVENCE ISN'T COINCIDENCE: THEY RELY ON THE POT MARIGOLD, A NATURAL MOISTURIZER (SOLD AS CALENDULA) THAT PROTECTS AGAINST DRYNESS, WRINKLES AND ACNE. IT'S LOADED WITH TERPENES, CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS THAT FIGHT BACTERIA AND BREAKOUTS AND CAN SPEED THE HEALING OF BLEMISHES BY MORE THAN 10%! FIND CALENDULA CREAM AT DRUG OR HEALTH FOOD STORES.
DARK CHOCOLATE TO BRIGHTEN YOUR MOOD!
SCIENTISTS HAVE PINPOINTED ANOTHER REASON MORE THAN 40% OF WOMEN REGULARLY YEARN FOR THIS SWEET TREAT AND WHY 50% OF PEOPLE WITH THE BLUES SAY THE CRAVE IT: CHOCOLATE IS A NATURAL ANTIDEPRESSANT! WHY IT WORKS: CHOCOLATE CONTAINS PHENETHYLAMINE, A COMPOUND THAT RAISES LEVELS OF THE FEEL GOOD HORMONE DOPAMINE IN YOUR BRAIN. ITS'S ALSO LADED WITH TRYPTOPHAN. WHICH YOUR BODY CONVERTS TO THE OTHER HAPPY HORMONE, SEROTONIN MAKING CHOCOLATE THE MOST EFFECTIVE ALL NATURAL MOOD BOOSTER AROUND! SINCE YOU'LL FIND THE MOST BENEFICIAL COMPOUNDS IN DARK CHOCOLATE, ENJOY ONE ONCE OF IT DAILY.
BRIGHTEN YOUR MOOD WITH ALLSPICE!
DON'T LEET THE NAME FOOL YOU THOUGH THIS SPICE HAS THE FLAVOR AND AROMA OF CLOVES, CINNAMON, AND NUTMEG. IT'S NOT A SPICE MIX ITS A BERRY! ALLSPICE CONTAINS EUGENOL AN ESSENTIAL OIL THAT BOOSTS CIRCULATION, WARMS THE BODY AND KILLS FUNGI AND BACTERIA. THE AROMA HAS ALSO BEEN SHOWN TO IMPROVE MOOD A REASON IT'S NOW IN COLOGNES AND PERFUMES LIKE DIOR POISON AND ESCADA FOR MEN.
SAW PALMETTO ERASES UNWANTED FACIAL HAIR!
AS YOU KNOW SAW PALMETTO USED BY FLORIDAS SEMINOLE INDIANS CAN CUT YOUR HUSBANDS RISK OF PROSTATE PROBLEMS. AND RESEARCH SHOWS IT CAN ALSO BE USED BY WOMEN TO GET RID OF UNWANTED FACIAL HAIR! IT WORKS BY REDUCING DIHYDROTESTOSTERONE IN YOUR BODY THE MAIN CULPRIT BEHIND FEMALE FACIAL HAIR GROWTH. IT BALANCES HORMONES SO WELL, IT'S EVEN BEEN SHOWN TO HELP WITH POLCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME!