Archive for December, 2012

December 31st, 2012

Avoid Costly Dental Bills With Natural Remedies

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My partner found this article on taking care of your teeth and avoiding costly dental bills. I thought it was worth putting on my blog. Enjoy!!!

24th December 2012

By Carolanne Wright

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Weary of expensive dental work?

Try a few simple home treatments that help strengthen teeth and gums naturally. With the application of specific dietary and herbal recommendations, loose and decaying teeth are fortified and healed.

By practicing purposeful oral hygiene with a few basic ingredients, worrisome dental problems can be economically resolved.

Dietary choices for strong teeth

A healthful diet is the first line of attack against gum disease and tooth decay. Minerals such as calcium and silica are vital for repairing and rebuilding tooth structure. The herbs oatstraw, horsetail, and nettle are excellent dietary sources of silica. Vitamin C, D, and K are also important for gum health and tooth strength. Vitamin C helps to support the collagen network of the gums. A deficiency of this vitamin will lead to tender gums that are susceptible to bacteria, leading to periodontal disease and tooth loss. For foods that help to cleanse problem-causing plaque, focus on crunchy choices like celery, romaine lettuce, and seeds. Sesame seeds are especially beneficial for healthy teeth. High in calcium, they help maintain bone around teeth and gums. Soaking, dehydrating, and grinding the seeds further enhances the bioavailability of nutrients. For safe sweeteners that will not promote decay, use stevia and xylitol. Also, limit acid-forming foods such as coffee, chocolate, soda, and meat.

Natural therapies for distressed teeth

Amla fruit

Stabilize loose teeth and heal gums by combining a teaspoon of amla powder with one cup purified water. Rinse mouth with mixture once per day. Avoid food or drink for 1 hour after treatment.

Tooth powder

3 parts oak bark
6 parts comfrey root
3 parts horsetail root
1 part lobelia
1 part cloves
3 parts peppermint

A potent remedy by master herbalist, Dr. Christopher, that tightens loose teeth and heals gum infections. Daily brushing with this powder is recommended to maintain a healthy mouth. For severe dental issues, the powder can be placed between the lips and gums of the entire mouth and left overnight six times a week until condition improves.

It is important to note that commercial toothpaste, including natural, fluoride-free brands, contain glycerin which coats the teeth and prevents remineralization. This weakens teeth over time, leading to decay and darkening. Baking soda and salt are both safe alternatives as is tooth soap.

Oil pulling

Deep clean teeth and gums with oil. Instructions according to Earthclinic.com:

First thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking, take 1 TBSP of sesame or sunflower oil. Put the oil in your mouth, tilt your chin up and slowly swish, suck, chomp and pull through the teeth. Do this for at least 10 minutes. 15 – 20 minutes is better. You want the oil to become a thin, white foam when you finally spit it out.

Herbalists have long recommended certain plants and oils to nurture strong teeth and gums. By combining this wisdom with a dental-friendly diet, a healthy smile can be confidently restored.

Sources for this article include:

“10 Foods for a healthy, beautiful smile: protect your teeth and gums with these stellar foods -Diet and nutrition: how to eat right” Linda Knittel, December 2002. findarticles.com

“Restoring the Teeth: Silica Tea” Janet L. Doane, The Healing Feast. healingfeast.com/silicatea

“Effective Way to Strengthen Loose Teeth” John Schmidt, January 22, 2012, Smith Dental Care. owatonnadental.com

“Oil Pulling Cures” Earthclinic.com. earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling

“Brighten Your Smile with Oil Pulling” Bruce Fife, ND, International Wellness Directory. mnwelldir.org/docs/reviews/oil_pull

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About the Author
Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years. Through her website Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. Follow Carolanne on Twitter

December 24th, 2012

Interesting Information About Onions

ONIONS! I had never heard this!!!
PLEASE READ TO THE END: IMPORTANT

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu…
Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

Thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmer’s story…but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill… I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that…the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don’t know what to blame. Maybe it’s the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn’t eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.

LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed’s answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

“It doesn’t even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it’s not really necessary.” He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the ‘victim’ last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it’s not the mayonnaise (as long as it’s not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It’s probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it’s the POTATOES.

He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you’ll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you’re asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Please pass this on to all you love and care about.

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