Home Remedies: Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant. It has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic qualities.

During cold and flu season, it’s great for lung and sinus infections, and even asthma. Put a few drops on a warm washcloth, or on your palm, and rub your hands together. Cover your face and breathe deeply for a minute or so.

Tea tree oil is often used topically to treat many things, including swelling, wounds, rashes, fungi, acne, and even mites, lice and scabies. Check it out!

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25 January 2011

Love And Respect

A teacher somewhere in your neighborhood tonight is grading and preparing lessons to teach your children while you are watching television. In the minute it takes you to read this, teachers all over the world are using their “free time”, and often investing their own money, for your child’s literacy, prosperity and future. Re-post if you are a teacher, love a teacher, or appreciate our teachers. 🙂

-Billy Bolo

January, 12 2011

A Single Massage Can Boost The Immune System


The following is an article from the Los Angeles Times, dated September 9, 2010, and written by Shari Rosen:

 

Devotees of massage therapy know it’s relaxing and feels good. But massage may also be an effective tool for maintaining good health. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported this week that a single massage produced measurable changes in the immune system and endocrine system of healthy adults.

The researchers, led by Dr. Mark Rappaport, studied 29 healthy adults who received a 45-minute Swedish massage and 24 healthy adults who had a 45-minute session of light touch massage, a much milder excercise that served as a comparison to the more vigorous Swedish massage. Blood samples were taken before the massage began and at regular intervals up to one hour after the massage was completed.

The study found several changes in the blood tests of the Swedish massage group that indicated a benefit to the immune system. For example, Swedish massage caused sizeable decreases in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that contributes to aggressive behavior, and small decreases in the stress hormone cortisol. The Swedish massage participants also had an increase in lymphocytes, cells that help the immune system defend the body from harmful substances.

“This research indicates that massage doesn’t only feel good, it also may be good for you,” Rapaport said in a news release. “People often seek out massage as part of a healthy lifestyle but there hasn’t been much physiological proof of the body’s heightened immune response following massage until now.”

The study appears in the October issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine.

December, 28 2010

 

 

Quote of the day

On love and interbeing: a repost from HHDL

“Our life depends on others so much that at the root of our existence is a fundamental need for love. That is why it is good to cultivate an authentic sense of responsibility and concern for the welfare of others.” – His Holiness The Dalai Lama http://www.dalailama.com/

November, 29 2010

Ayurveda: Sattva and Mental Ama

The secret of sattvic people is that they have naturally healthy desires. Unhealthy desires can arise in anyone because of mental ama. You will remember that “mental ama” is the term used for impurities, or negative tendencies in the mind. Sattva is the force of purity that combats them. The Ayurvedic sages say that mental ama is produced by:

-Negative emotions-anger, fear, self-criticism, greed, resentment

-Psychological stress-family problems, tensions at work, loss of money or job, divorce, death in the family

-Lethargy, mental inertia

-Unwholesome surroundings

-Contact with other people’s negativity

-Violent, crude or shocking books or other forms of entertainment

The debate over whether it is morally right to show violence on television misses the essential point, according to Ayurveda. The issue is one of health. The sight of violence gets translated into unhealthy chemicals in the body, leading to the buildup of ama in our thoughts as well as in our cells. Everyone has a right to expose himself to any kind of influence he wants, but the physician’s role is to warn against those influences that damage our well-being. Avoiding mental ama is therefore considered a preventive measure against the imbalances that lead ultimately to disease.

-Depak Chopra, M.D. Perfect Health

November, 15 2010