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By Suzy Cohen
I pour through studies and research constantly to bring you the latest news, hot off the press either before it’s published, or soon after. Take a look at the following natural “folk” remedies which improve health and well being. If you want more folk remedies, the longer version of this can be emailed to you, just sign up for my newsletter at my website.
First up, help for alcoholism. Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) is an herb that can help with withdrawal and liver problems. It’s a diuretic too. Also, plain niacin, about 100 mg two or three times daily can cut cravings!
Drink tea, chamomile can slash risk of death by 29% in women over age 65, not men. No one is sure why, but according to the study conducted at The University of Texas, drinking chamomile tea is the bomb! The effect on your mortality may have to do with it’s strong anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and anti-platelet (blood-thinning) properties.
Kiss more. If you only kiss during sex, you’re more eight times more likely to feel chronically stressed, and possibly depressed. A study of 2,000 couples from Northwestern University proved this. Pucker up outside the bedroom, or backseat, or wherever…Burdock root is a diuretic, and can help you eliminate fluid if you have edema. You can drink it as a tea for a milder effect. If you cool the tea, and apply it topically with a compress, it helps with psoriasis, eczema or other skin irritations.
Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) can help alleviate menstrual cramps, irritability and PMS symptoms. Take it for a few days during that special time of the month. You can buy it as a tincture or supplement.
Since I promised you “weird,” I will now deliver: Toad skin for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yung-Chi Cheng, a Yale professor of pharmacology in New Haven, Connecticut is the lead researcher who published the news last March showing that “Huachansu,” a compound in toad skin, enhances Bayer AG’s cancer drug Nexavar. The toads they use are Bufo gargarizans in case you want to put a face with the name.
More weird. Turtles, specifically their upper shell, not their cute slow-moving feet. Pelodiscus sinensis is the name of the critter, from which a patented Chinese medicine is derived and used for cancer and sometimes HIV/AIDS.
One of the most lethal bugs known to man is MRSA, short for “Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and scientists have discovered that compounds in “Sweet Chestnut” leaf can paralyze the superbug! More specifically, the “ursene” and “oleanene” block staph’s ability to destroy tissues. No one has studied it’s effect in human MRSA patients, however, people have been cultivating this for centuries so I see no harm in drinking the tea, or trying an herbal extract. The botanical name is Castanea sativa.
Make a natural deodorant using clary sage essential oil. Put 15 drops of it in a spray bottle with 1/2 cup witch hazel and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.