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Aaron & Lyn Philips run the Home Healthy Blog as a place to write about all that they're learning on a daily basis. It's about healthy living in their not-quite-empty nest. (A family of six, with one still in school.) Their guiding philosophy is: "You Can Ditch the Docs If You Do Health Yourself".
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Omega 3 From Algae for Vegetarians and Vegans

The benefits of omega 3 are well known, and the primary source is coldwater (oily) fish. But what if you’re vegan or vegetarian? People have a number of reasons for not eating fish – health concerns, moral choices, and allergies, just to name a few. If you’re looking for another rich source, you should consider […] The post Omega 3 From Algae for Vegetarians and Vegans appeared first on Home Healthy...

The benefits of omega 3 are well known, and the primary source is coldwater (oily) fish. But what if you’re vegan or vegetarian? People have a number of reasons for not eating fish – health concerns, moral choices, and allergies, just to name a few. If you’re looking for another rich source, you should consider getting your omega 3 from algae.

First, let’s quickly go over the importance of omega 3 essential fatty acids.

Some Proven Benefits of Omega 3

painting of tom sawyer

“Spring Tonic Tom Sawyer” by Norman Rockwell, 1936

If you grew up reading Tom Sawyer, you’ll remember Aunt Polly punishing Tom with large spoonfuls of cod liver oil. And lots of us can remember moms and grandmas who took their cue from Aunt Polly and tried to give it to us too – not as a punishment, but because it was thought to be so good for us. Grandma probably couldn’t tell you why … it just was. (“Now hush and open your mouth, Johnny!”)

Well, as it turns out, they were right. A lot of fish oil (including that nasty stuff from the liver of codfish) contains this wonder-working thing we now call “Omega 3”. It has come to be rated one of the most essential nutrients that’s available to us. And the more studies scientists conduct, the more ways they continue to find in which omega 3 is good for us …

  • Cholesterol. Omega 3 fatty acids regulate your triglyceride levels.
  • Your Heart. Omega 3 can lower your risk of heart attack or stroke. Research indicates that men taking fish oil on a weekly basis reduced their risk of heart problems by 50% over those who didn’t.
  • Inflammation. Omega 3 can help to keep inflammation under control. Which is vital for people suffering from arthritis, heart disease, some skin conditions, and even chronic brain conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Pediatrics. Omega 3 has been shown to help boost children’s intellectual performance; statistically children taking omega 3 score measurably higher on vocabulary and math testing.
  • Brain Health. Omega 3 improves the growth of neurons in the brain, raises dopamine levels, and increases cerebral circulation.

(For more on the amazing benefits of Omega 3, get our free eBook pack)

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Are Found in Other Things Too … BUT …

Flax and chia seeds are some of the best plant sources of omega 3. It’s also found in other seeds, nuts and plants, but in smaller amounts. However, these omega 3 fats are not EPA and DHA. They are mostly another kind called “alpha linolenic acid” (ALA). The human body can change ALA into EPA and DHA, but not very efficiently. In fact, in some cases the conversion rate is less than 1%. So, that’s why fish, or fish oils, are the preferred source.

Another Solution: Omega 3 From Algae

omega 3 from algae by amala veganWell, where does the omega 3 in fish come from? Researchers traced this back to the source – algae. Coldwater fish feed on other smaller fish and plankton that feed on the algae. It’s this microscopic algae that actually makes DHA. This algae can be farmed to yield sustainable DHA that is vegetarian and organic (and even kosher!) And we can keep the fish out of it altogether.

Omega 3 from algae is called algal oil, and it’s now widely available as an affordable supplement in capsule form. We’ve compared various brands on the market, and the one we’ve been buying for our family is produced by Amala Vegan.

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Toothache Home Remedies You’ll Be Very Glad You Know About

It’s uncanny how toothache inevitably seems to hit you in the middle of some important trip, at the beginning of a long weekend, or while you’re on vacation. Right? So, it’s likely you’ll have a time when you need to get pain relief until you can get to a dentist. So, these toothache home remedies […] The post Toothache Home Remedies You’ll Be Very Glad You Know About appeared first on Home Healthy...

It’s uncanny how toothache inevitably seems to hit you in the middle of some important trip, at the beginning of a long weekend, or while you’re on vacation. Right? So, it’s likely you’ll have a time when you need to get pain relief until you can get to a dentist. So, these toothache home remedies can be a life saver.

It goes without saying, of course, that these are only intended for temporary relief. Just because you’re not in unbearable pain, you still need to get a dental appointment as soon as possible.

The Toothache Home Remedies

Cloves

We most often think of them in apple pies and crumbles, so you probably already have them in your kitchen spice rack. Cloves are also a well-known and proven remedy for toothache.

If the pain is only mild, put two cloves in your mouth and chew with and around the painful tooth. If the pain is more severe you probably won’t want to chew with the tooth, so you can use oil of cloves instead. Combine a few drops of oil of cloves with ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. Soak a gauze pad or cotton ball with this and wipe it on the affected tooth and surrounding gum. You can then bite down on the cotton and keep it there for 10 minutes or so, by which time you should have relief.

Salt

Here’s another remedy that’s effective both for toothaches and also an infected gum, ulcers, or other bacterial sores in the mouth.

Stir a teaspoon of salt into 4oz of slightly warm (tepid) water. Sip it and rinse it around your mouth and between the teeth, especially in the affected area. Don’t swallow it. Spit it out and then repeat until you’ve used all the water. Repeat the process when the pain returns.

An alternative is to use salt crystals. Hold 1 or 2 again the tooth with your tongue while they dissolve.

Tea Tree Oil

toothache home remedies - tea tree oilThis is a home remedy we mention very often, because it’s a natural antiseptic with many uses. You can use it to relieve toothache pain in a similar way as we me mentioned using oil of cloves above. Or you can mix 3 – 4 drops in a 4oz glass of water, rinse your mouth and spit it out.

Other Toothache Home Remedies Found in Your Kitchen

Some people swear by vanilla extract or almond extract. Use them as a rinse or on a cotton ball. They work because they contain alcohol as an active ingredient, which we’ll talk more about in a moment.

Another remedy we’ve read about in several places (but haven’t tried ourselves) is to put some raw onion on an aching tooth.

Ice

Ice can be used to numb the painful area and reduce swelling of the gum. You can do this by holding an ice cube to the painful tooth, or by wrapping some ice in a cloth and holding it against your cheek near the toothache. Some people use a pack of frozen food instead.

Alcohol

Any liquid with a high alcohol content can help with toothache. Brandy and whiskey are the most popular. Not only do they give effective pain relief, but the warmth they generate in the mouth can be very comforting.

And for the Really Desperate …

It sounds nasty, but some people say that you can use a small amount of white gasoline on the tooth. White gasoline is the fuel often used for camp stoves and lanterns.

In fact, most auto gasoline today is unleaded and even that can be used in very small amounts. People accidentally swallow gasoline every day while siphoning, and it’s harmful as long as it’s only a small amount. You should spit it out though, and then rinse your mouth with warm water.

CAUTION: Do NOT ever use leaded gasoline. This is poisonous.

Lower Your Head

This isn’t so much an herbal remedy – just a helpful tip. Lowering your head between your knees will increase the flow of blood to your head. This will help your system fight any infection associated with the toothache.

And finally, remember to make that appointment with your dentist right away. These toothache home remedies are good for temporary relief, but the root cause still needs to be taken care of.

 

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A Home Cholesterol Test: It’s DIY Peace of Mind

Doctors recommend that you make an appointment every 12 months for a cholesterol test. Lots of people smile and nod, and many even have good intentions. But life tends to get busy, and “putting it off” very often turns into forgetting completely. That’s a good enough reason in itself to consider investing in a home cholesterol […] The post A Home Cholesterol Test: It’s DIY Peace of Mind appeared first on Home Healthy...

Doctors recommend that you make an appointment every 12 months for a cholesterol test. Lots of people smile and nod, and many even have good intentions. But life tends to get busy, and “putting it off” very often turns into forgetting completely. That’s a good enough reason in itself to consider investing in a home cholesterol test kit.

home cholesterol test meterWhat Makes This Test So Important?

A cholesterol test alerts you when you need to adjust your diet and lifestyle to avoid potential strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular problems.

If you are postponing getting your cholesterol checked, your levels of bad cholesterol could be rising above the healthy range. Cholesterol plaque may be building up in your arteries. Left unchecked, you can be at risk of a blockage without even realizing it. A potential issue will not go away by itself because you neglect it — it’s almost certain to result in worse problems down the road.

Doing your own home cholesterol test is not only convenient, it’s also a lot cheaper than a doctor’s office will charge you for the same thing. It means you’ll be able to stay on top of your cholesterol levels, even testing more often if you want to. And that goes for every member of your family. A home cholesterol test is simple to use, very reliable, and provides accurate results. (Click here to check out the leading brand.)

Watch this demonstration video:

 

Another Testing Alternative

Another way you can administer cholesterol tests at home is to find an online pathology lab. You mail a blood a blood sample to them in a sealed container that they provide. They will mail the results back to you. Here are couple of examples:

cardio chek home cholesterol testIn the long run, however, the home cholesterol test is undoubtedly the way to go. It’s the most convenient and cost effective, and the results are instantaneous.

Actually, home testing kits have been available since the early ’90s, but they have only recently begun to surge in popularity.

In keeping with our tagline: “Ditch the Docs, and Do Health Yourself”, we urge you to take responsibility for your own health, and that of your whole family. Get a home cholesterol test kit (click here) and use it regularly.

 

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Natural Hangover Cures to Get You Back on Your Feet Quickly

You had a great time last night, and it seemed like a good idea then, but here you are bleary-eyed, dry-mouthed, head pounding, and searching for natural hangover cures. You regret it, and may even be vowing you won’t do that again. We’re here to help. The Basics of Hangover Recovery The most important thing […] The post Natural Hangover Cures to Get You Back on Your Feet Quickly appeared first on Home Healthy...

You had a great time last night, and it seemed like a good idea then, but here you are bleary-eyed, dry-mouthed, head pounding, and searching for natural hangover cures. You regret it, and may even be vowing you won’t do that again.

We’re here to help.

The Basics of Hangover Recovery

The most important thing is to drink (no, not more alcohol!) When you drink large amounts of alcohol, it depletes the water stores in your system and causes dehydration. This is a main reason behind some of those classic hangover symptoms, so the way to deal with is – first and foremost – to rehydrate. Drink water.

Now, you do need to be careful because you can consume too much water too quickly. If you do, it’s possible to strip electrolytes out of the body so it’s better to either stick to about 2 x 8oz glasses of water per hour, or make sure you replenish the electrolytes as you go. That’s why sports drinks are particularly effective in hangover recovery. They rehydrate you, raise your blood sugar level, and all while providing the crucial electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc) that you are likely to have lost through your kidneys because of the alcohol and the time you were sleeping it off.

The problem with sports drinks, however, is that they are typically full of refined sugar, artificial flavors and coloring. So a more natural option is to drink plain water, and have bananas for their potassium and fructose content. Or you can make a simple banana smoothie by blending a couple of bananas with some milk. If you don’t have bananas, you can use apples or other non-citrus fruit. Even raw honey (a great natural source of electrolytes) dissolved in water.

Natural Hangover Cures for That Splitting Headache

natural hangover cures - feverfew for headacheAnd what about those painkillers? Most people suffering from a hangover reach for some kind of chemical relief. But that’s just fighting pain with poison — even the humble aspirin can damage the lining of your stomach. There are better all-natural options that are still very effective … a long-time favorite herbal remedy to deal with that headache is Feverfew. Two others are raw persimmon and raw cabbage.

The thing that will be the best help for detoxifying your circulatory system is exercise. You may not feel like it, but as soon as you can manage it take a brisk 30 minutes walk.

Next Time Around

If you’re committed to a healthier lifestyle, you should only drink alcohol in moderation (if at all). But if you do expect you are going to overindulge, here are a some ways to minimize the effects and head off that bad hangover before you get it. Before you need our natural hangover cures!

Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. A good rule is to drink a glass of water in between every alcoholic beverage. But at the very least, have a couple of large glasses of water before going to sleep.

Put a teaspoon of Bifidus powder in one of the glasses of water. Bifidus is beneficial bacteria that detoxifies acetaldehyde, which is a byproduct of alcohol and a major contributing factor to the symptoms of hangover.

Foods that are high in unsaturated fats are known to minimize the effects of alcohol. An old native American legend was that eating six raw almonds before a drinking session would stop you getting drunk. Similar traditions from Africa recommended peanut butter.

Another option to take before you start drinking — especially for women — is Evening Primrose Oil.

 

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5 Peppermint Oil Uses You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner

The therapeutic benefits of peppermint oil have been well documented down through history. Today, however, they are very often overlooked. Many people only ever think of peppermint as a breath-freshener — a flavor of chewing gum. But here are just 5 peppermint oil uses you’ll wonder why nobody ever told you about. 1. Headaches and […] The post 5 Peppermint Oil Uses You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner appeared first on Home Healthy...

The therapeutic benefits of peppermint oil have been well documented down through history. Today, however, they are very often overlooked. Many people only ever think of peppermint as a breath-freshener — a flavor of chewing gum. But here are just 5 peppermint oil uses you’ll wonder why nobody ever told you about.

peppermint oil uses for migraines1. Headaches and Migraines

Rub peppermint essential oil on your temples, sinuses and forehead for fast and effective relief from bad headaches and migraines. You will discover that it has soothing and calming effects which can even dissipate those awful feelings of nausea, and sensitivity to light or noise.

2. Stomach Problems

Another one of the little known peppermint oil uses is that it has properties which help to expel gas from the stomach and intestines. It relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, improving how they work. So, this oil can reduce flatulence, and help with other related stomach problems.

3. Respiratory Issues

Check the active ingredients list of many natural chest rubs, and you will discover that peppermint essential oil is included in many. That’s because it is well known for it’s ability to provide effective relief from nasal congestion, sinusitis, and bronchial issues. The menthol content in peppermint oil helps to clear the respiratory tract. Plus, it also has expectorant characteristics which means it’s even helpful in dealing with common coughs and colds. You can either rub the oil on your chest, or inhale it using a vaporizer.

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4. Anxiety and Stress

The invigorating properties of peppermint oil are effective in easing anxiety and stress, and this has brought relief to people suffering from mental exhaustion and depression. So to alleviate stress, dab several drops of peppermint essential oil on your temples and joints and then take a rejuvenating bath. Steam from the bath will continue to release the oil’s properties, greatly reducing muscle aches and pains. You can also combine other oils with peppermint (try lavender).

5. Mental Alertness

If you find that you’re having difficulty focusing on tasks, try using peppermint oil in a vaporizer. Those who do this testify to an enhanced clarity of thinking; that it helps excite your brain’s ability to focus, and improves your mental agility. It’s also said to stimulate energy levels, particularly in the mid afternoon slump when mental alertness can tend to diminish.

picture of sun peppermint essential oilAre you skeptical that the scent of peppermint essential oil can actually help ‘wake’ you up? Then think about what is so often put out in bowls at conferences and meetings … peppermints. Why? Because people have long eaten peppermint candies to help them stay alert. You might even try mixing peppermint oil in a glass of cold water to ‘wake’ you up without relying on caffeine and other stimulants that are not good to have too much of.

Peppermint oil has some truly wonderful therapeutic properties. Give it a try!

Have you found any of these peppermint oil uses to be helpful? Share your experience with us. Leave a comment below.

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Yeast Infection Home Remedies: 12 Natural Cures for Candida

Yeast infections (candida albicans) are most prevalent among women in their child-bearing years. Sometimes called “thrush”, this is a really miserable condition caused by an imbalance of natural organisms, and NOT by a lack of hygiene as some people think. Fortunately, there are yeast infection home remedies that are effective at both preventing and treating […] The post Yeast Infection Home Remedies: 12 Natural Cures for Candida appeared first on Home Healthy...

Yeast infections (candida albicans) are most prevalent among women in their child-bearing years. Sometimes called “thrush”, this is a really miserable condition caused by an imbalance of natural organisms, and NOT by a lack of hygiene as some people think. Fortunately, there are yeast infection home remedies that are effective at both preventing and treating it.

Candida can occur in any moist cavity or area of the body. It can affect children, and when it does it’s usually found in the mouth or around the diaper area. Men can also have it, usually if they have not been circumcised.

Having said that, it is far more common among women, and most often in the vagina.

Preventing Yeast Infections

One of the problems that young women are often not aware of is how extremely tight clothing can be a cause of yeast infections. They do not allow the area to “breathe” and so it becomes hot and damp with sweat. Another issue is that bath products can irritate the vaginal area and be another contributing cause of yeast infection.

illustration of vaginal yeast infectionSo, the old advice you may hear from grandma is spot on — choose cotton-lined underwear, don’t wear panty hose or very tight jeans, and always change out of damp clothes right away. That especially applies to sweaty gym clothes and wet swimsuits.

Include curds in your diet on a regular basis. Curds help to maintain the right balance of vaginal organisms and ward off candida. Yogurt is a good source of curds (and delicious!)

Okay, but what if you already have a yeast infection. What about a cure?

If you detect a candida infection, wash the area immediately with clean water. Again, avoid the use of soap or other bath products, as they may only irritate and inflame the problem. Flush the affected area with a flow of clean water, and then pat it dry. It’s very important that you keep any infected area as clean, cool, and dry as you can manage.

Then, you can use one, or a combination, of the following …

Our List of 12 Effective Yeast Infection Home Remedies

1. Curds. Not only are curds a good prevention as part of your regular diet, there’s also a way to use them as a cure. Soak a tampon in buttermilk, insert it in the vagina, and leave it there for an hour. It can provide noticeable relief from the discomfort, and this method of direct application will begin to quickly re-balance those vaginal organisms.

2. Natural yogurt. This is another similar source of curds that you can apply directly onto the affected area. The enzymes in the yogurt work to stop the overproduction of the candida fungus.

3. Apple cider vinegar diluted with water. This works by helping to balance your pH levels.

4. Aloe vera gel. The very best source is to have your own plant. Simply split open a stem, squeeze out the natural gel and apply it to the infected area. Not only will the properties of the aloe fight the infection, but this remedy is very soothing and will provide fast relief.

5. Coconut oil is well known to have properties that, among other things, can effectively deal with the fungi that cause yeast infections. Apply it directly to the affected areas several times a day. Some people choose to mix it with equal parts of cinnamon oil.

photograph of oral thrush

Oral thrush

TIP: In the case of an oral infection, swirl coconut oil around in your mouth continually for 5 minutes. (You can try adding a few drops of tea tree oil or cinnamon oil.) NOTE: Do not swallow. Repeat three times a day.

6. Garlic has many uses as a home remedy. It also has antifungal, antibacterial and natural antibiotic properties that are effective in the treatment of candida infections. Crush several cloves and mix them into a paste. Apply this directly. Fresh garlic is readily available, but you can also substitute garlic oil mixed with a few drops of vitamin E and coconut oils.

While we’re on the subject of garlic, include it in your food, or take garlic capsules daily. It has many health benefits, and one of those is in yeast infection home remedies.

7. Olive leaf extract and grapefruit seed extract. Mix equal parts in a glass of water and drink it.

8. Cranberries. Cranberries have antibacterial and antifungal properties. They are well-known as a treatment for urinary tract and bladder infections, but they are also effective in fighting the fungi that cause yeast infections. Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice three times per day will aid in the healing process. If unsweetened cranberry juice is not available, 2-3 cranberry tablets can be taken each day instead.

9. Tea tree oil. This has many uses because of it’s powerful antifungal properties, including as a remedy for candida. Caution: this is not an option for pregnant women as it can be harmful to the unborn child.

There are 2 ways to use it: For a vaginal yeast infection, put a few drops of tea tree oil on a tampon and insert it for 2-3 hours, and repeat twice a day. Alternatively (for any yeast infection), dilute organic tea tree oil with your choice of water, a teaspoon of olive oil, or sweet almond oil, and massage it into the skin of the affected area several times a day.

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10. Calendula. This herb has very powerful antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Crush 2-3 calendula leaves and apply them onto the infected area several times a day. If fresh calendula isn’t available, an alternative is to use a lotion made from calendula. Also, if you are not pregnant, you can get a tea made from calendula extract, and drink it. But again take caution, you should avoid calendula tea if you are pregnant.

11. Elderberry and milk thistle. These both help to cleanse your liver from prescription medications and from hormones that result from taking birth control pills. These hormones can promote yeast infections.

And finally, here’s an option if other more natural yeast infection home remedies don’t work. The treatment that many have found effective for dealing with stubborn chronic or recurrent yeast infections is:

yeast infection home remedies boric acid12. Boric acid. This is a chemical that’s available over the counter, which acts as both an antifungal and antiviral agent. You can get it in suppositories to insert vaginally each night right before bed. CAUTION: Boric acid is not to be taken orally, or given to children or pregnant women. Even when used correctly, it can have some side effects including skin irritation or a burning sensation in the vagina.

Join the conversation …

We’d love you to share your experience with any of these yeast infection home remedies – whether they have been effective or not. And if you know of another, let us know that too. Just leave a comment below.

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