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Homemade Hot Oil Treatment

Letting your spa treatments go to your head is perfect for this month’s at home spa treatment…because I’m going to give you the recipe and how to apply hot oil treatments to your hair.  Sounds fun and relaxing, right?  Of course!

Most people think of giving themselves a hot oil treatment when their hair is dry and brittle.  But, even if you have oily hair, you will benefit from a hot oil treatment.

Soothe Hemorrhoid Discomfort

If you sit a lot, drink very little water, and are constipated, you may have experienced the symptoms of having hemorrhoids…pain and discomfort in your bum, along with itching and possibly even rectal bleeding with bowels movements (particularly if you strain).

Pregnancy is a usual culprit that brings short term hemorrhoids, but the long term and chronic hemorrhoid conditions are created by eating too many refined, fried, and fatty foods.  These foods cause constipation, which in turn creates extra pressure when needing to eliminate wastes from the colon (having bowel movements).  This makes the veins and capillaries in the area swollen and inflamed.

Some other things that can cause hemorrhoids, which may also be quite surprising, are vitamin B6 deficiency, anti-depressant drugs, and pain killers.

Prevention is always key, but if you find yourself suffering with the discomfort of hemorrhoids, here are some natural things you can do:

 

Diet & Lifestyle
  • Avoid acidic foods like caffeine and sugar
  • Take 1 tablespoon of olive oil or flax seed oil before each meal
  • Include sprouts & dark greens and lots of berries and cherries to reduce bleeding and strengthen veins and capillaries
  • Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons maple syrup each morning
  • Drink plenty of liquids to hydrate (water, juices, aloe vera, etc.)
Bodywork
  • Soak in a hot tub to reduce inflammation and stop itching
  • Take an enema of Nettles, Chlorella, or Nutribiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract (20 drops per gallon of water)
  • Apply ice packs, witch hazel, or vitamin E oil directly to area
Supplemental Therapy
  • Relieve inflammation by drinking 3 cups of stone root tea each day
  • Encourage vascular tone by taking either Ginkgo Biloba or Evening Primrose Oil
  • Strengthen vein and capillary walls by taking Vitamin C therapy
  • Rebuild colon and rectum health with Vitamin K and Vitamin B6

 

Turmeric, the Anti-Cancer Herb

turmericTurmeric is an amazing herb.  One of the main benefits is that it has anti cancer properties.  But, I must admit that it has many more benefits than just that.

Recently, while my friend and I were baking dog treats, my friend cut her finger on the cookie cutter she was using.  We just happened to be baking our BBQ Beef treats that have turmeric in them (yes, we add turmeric to our dog treats and we do it because of all the benefits that it has for, not only humans, but dogs, too).  The cut was quite deep and some turmeric (along with dog treat dough) got down in the cut and it burned like fire for a few minutes.  She stopped, washed her hands, and applied a bandaid.  She went back to work cutting out dog treats.  The next day we were at a show to sell our dog treats and I asked her how her finger was.  She looked down and said, “Look, it is fine.  There is no evidence that I cut my finger.  It is completely healed!”  She was convinced (and I was, too) that it was the turmeric that had healed her finger almost instantly.

The reason I told you that story is to give you a real life example of how great turmeric is.  There is tons and tons of research on turmeric and all of it’s benefits.  I think the best educational information turmeric is found here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92752/.  This website gives you all the references for each of the applications, precautions, historical information, medicinal information, etc. It is actually a chapter from an Herbal Medicine book, which is most likely used in Natural Health education.

In my personal opinion, the flavor of turmeric is not my most favorite.  However, if you use it sparingly in a vegetable dish, it is quite palatable.  Turmeric does stain and it will turn your dish of veggies (or whatever you are cooking) to a yellow hue.

Turmeric can be found at almost any grocery store.  However, if you happen to have difficulty finding it, try an Indian grocery market…they are sure to have it.  And, of course, you can always purchase it online.  My favorite place to purchase turmeric is at Penzey’s.  It is always incredibly fresh.  I usually buy it by the bag…a 4oz bag will last you quite a while if you only cook with it occasionally.

From our studies in natural health, we found some ways that are recommended for using turmeric…click the buttons below to access our PDFs.

Cook with Turmeric Cook with Turmeric Cont’d

 

Defuse Diverticulosis

Diverticulosis is a disease that affects the bowels and mimics Irritable Bowel Syndrome with stomach pain and cramps.  When food debris is left in the colon it causes inflammation, weakens the wall of the colon, and can even cause infection.  This is what causes the stomach pain, cramps, and bloating.

Diverticulosis is linked to a diet of heavily refined foods, low fiber foods, and chronic constipation, according to studies.  And, it affects people over the age of 70 at a higher rate than those who are younger.

What may be more interesting is the fact that most people that have Diverticulosis don’t even have any symptoms…they don’t know they have it until they have some type of test run, like a colonoscopy.  Having said that, I don’t think that you should run out and have tests run just to check to see if you have this condition.  But, I do think that if you know you are eating a diet as described above, that you making a choice to eat differently would be to your best benefit.

If, by chance, you do happen to have symptoms and discomfort associated with Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis, check out these natural remedies:

 

Diet & Lifestyle
  • Add oat or rice bran to diet.
  • Add fruits and veggies that are high in fiber, like potatoes, yams, broccoli, prunes
  • Eat foods with live culture, like yogurt, kefir, miso; or take Probiotics
  • Eliminate foods that cause constipation, like dairy, fried foods, red meats, sugary foods
  • Drink plenty of fluids, including water, apple juice, and cranberry juice
Bodywork
  • Take an enema twice a week (peppermint, fenugreek, or catnip)
  • Get massage therapy treatments
  • Get active (i.e. walk daily)
  • Apply wet hot ginger compresses to abdomen and lower back
Supplemental Therapy
  • Heal bowel tissue with Evening Primrose Oil
  • Ease gas and bloating with GastroZyme
  • Reduce inflammation with slippery elm tea
  • Control infection with garlic extract caps
  • Reduce undigested food debris with Digest

 

Strep Throat Solutions

I remember when my daughter was little, she got strep throat quite a bit.  It was absolutely no fun for her or for me.  She would almost hesitate to tell me that her throat hurt because she didn’t want them to “put the stick down [her] throat.”  Gosh, I really wish I had known as much about natural remedies back then as I do now.

Strep throat can be caused by a viral infection, recurring tonsillitis, and the beginning of a cold or flu.  It is interesting because people who have adrenal fatigue and people who consume a diet high in dairy are more likely to get strep throat.

Strep throat is different from a sore throat.  Strep throat comes on very quickly and is accompanied by fever, aches, swollen & tender lymph nodes, pneumonia or ear infections (Ashley had a ton of ear infections), and hoarseness.

Now that you have an idea as to how strep throat starts and the signs and symptoms, here are some ways to soothe an irritated throat and get over all the symptoms quickly:

 DIET & LIFESTYLE 
  • Drink hot water with lemon juice, honey, and a pinch of cayenne pepper every morning.
  • Apply hot compresses of either ginger or parsley to the throat.
  • Take a steamy mineral or epsom salts bath.
  • Take a catnip enema…this will cleanse infection from strep throat.
 HERBAL & SUPPLEMENTAL 
  • Control infection with garlic capsules (8 daily).
  • Reduce inflammation with EMERGEN-C very few hours.
  • Take zinc lozenges as needed.
  • Soothe the throat with chamomile tea.
  • Get rid of congestion with salt-sage gargle – make 2 cups sage leaf tea, strain, and add 1 tsp sea salt.

Podcast – Colon Cleanse Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Colon Cleanse

This is Part 2 of the 2 part series on colon cleanses.  This episode focuses on the benefits of giving yourself an enema.  An enema is a way in which you can flush toxins and debris out of your colon by injecting fluid into instead of taking a supplement by mouth.

WHAT IS THE CLEANSE FOR?

This cleanse will help your body eliminate toxins gently and effortlessly by flushing the colon with liquid.

HOW DO I KNOW I SHOULD DO THE CLEANSE?

Signs & symptoms that you may benefit from a colon cleanse:

  • bloating
  • backaches
  • headaches
  • allergies
  • sinus congestion
  • irritability
  • weight issues
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • brain fogginess
  • shallow breathing
  • constipation
  • hemorrhoids
  • indigestion
  • candida and yeast infections
  • any other ailment that is brought on by toxicity in the body

HOW LONG DOES THE CLEANSE LAST?

There is not an actual time-frame associated with this cleanse.  In general, it is recommended that you give yourself an enema at least once a month.

WHAT DO I EAT?

There is no specific diet that is associated with giving enemas.  However, I do recommend that your diet mostly consist of fresh fruits and veggies with some light proteins, like fish, turkey or chicken.

And, be sure that you are drinking plenty of water.

WHAT FOODS SHOULD I AVOID?

I would highly recommend that you stay away from foods that tend to clog up your bowels or cause gas for 24 hours prior to the enema.  So things like pasta, rice, bread, bananas, sodas, potatoes, beans, and fried foods.  In addition, I would recommend avoiding milk, alcohol and sugars.

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE SUPPLEMENTS OR SPECIALTY FOODS, TEAS, ETC.?

You can purchase enema kits at most drug stores like CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart.  You can even order them online at amazon.com.

For instructions on how to give yourself an enema, go to tummytemple.com.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I REPEAT THE CLEANSE?

It is recommended that you repeat this cleanse at least once a month (or more often at your own discretion and that of your healthcare provider) and at any time you begin having signs and symptoms.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS TO THE CLEANSE?

The pros to this cleanse include:

  1. Performed in the privacy of your own home.
  2. Immediate relief.

The cons to this cleanse include:

  1. It is the unknown…and that is sometimes scary for people.
  2. In the beginning it may be a little uncomfortable until you get acquainted with the process.

 

There are two different types.  There is a cleansing enema and there is a retention enema.

A cleansing enema is just that…it is held or retained for a short period of time, 5-15 minutes, to soften and loosen fecal material and then released or expelled with natural peristaltic or bowel movement, which cleanses the intestinal tract.  A few examples of a cleansing enema are 1) a lemon juice enema, 2) an apple cider vinegar and water enema, and 3) a catnip tea enema (DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT).

A retention enema is held for approximately 15 minutes or longer so that they can be absorbed into the blood stream for additional health benefits.  A few examples of a retention enema are 1) a coffee enema to stimulate liver and gallbladder, 2) a mineral enema to rebuild energy of the adrenals and thyroid, and 3) a Probiotic enema to eliminate yeast infections.

I would love to hear from you…let me know your pros and cons to this cleanse.  Feel free to post any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.   And, if you like my podcasts and blogs, please like Bartann Therapy on Facebook and share my podcasts and blogs with your family and friends.  Thanks!

Wishing you Health and Happiness!

NOTE: We highly recommend consulting with your primary care physician before beginning any diet, exercise, or detox program.

 

Constipation Complexity

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Colon Cleanse

6991950_sSo maybe you were one of the ones that when reading my blog “Diarrhea Dilemma” you thought, that is so NOT my problem!  If so, this is the blog for you.  In this blog, we are discussing the opposite of diarrhea…constipation.

Both diarrhea and constipation are subjects that people really don’t want to talk about. But, both of these topics directly relate to your health and well-being.  If you aren’t having regular bowel movements, you become quite toxic in a hurry.  This toxicity makes you sick, which can appear as fatigue, irritability, headaches, mental fogginess, gas, nausea, depression, acne…and the list goes on.

Diet certainly plays a role in whether or not you get constipated but it is not the only factor.  There are other things like environment pollutants, chemicals in foods, parasite infestation, lack of exercise, medications, food allergies, and poor digestion.

How do you know if your bowels are “regular” and functioning properly?  Here are few clues:

  • you should have bowel movements every day, ideally within 12 hours after each meal
  • stools should be soft and light enough to float
  • stools should be odorless
  • you should have no gas

Here are some natural ways to get things moving:

  • massage your belly (see our blog on abdominal massage)
  • walk every day for at least 15 minutes at a good pace
  • give yourself an enema (see my podcast Colon Cleanse – Part 2)
  • do a vitamin C flush – take 3000-5000mg of vitamin C with bioflavonoids over a 2 hour period
  • drink an herbal laxative tea
  • take a natural supplement like ReleaseZyme
  • drink aloe vera juice
  • add food-source fiber, like apples
  • take Omega-3 flax oil capsules
  • take Probiotics

 

Spa Treatment – Abdominal Massage

When you think of a spa treatment, abdominal massage is probably not the first thing that pops into your mind.  However, abdominal massage is very relaxing and has a whole lot of benefits, including improved digestion and improved elimination.

It is actually quite easy to give yourself an abdominal massage.  And, you’ll only need a couple of things:

  • olive oil
  • towels

Here is what you do:

  1. Spread out a towel on your bed or whatever you will be lying on to protect it from any oil that may drip.
  2. Lie down, face up.
  3. Expose your tummy.  I recommend wearing something like an old pair of pajamas or sweat pants and t-shirt.  Pull your shirt up under your chest, just below the base of the sternum, and situate your pants down just below your pelvic bone.
  4. Apply a generous amount of olive oil to your tummy.  Make large circles on your tummy with your hands in a clockwise motion.  Pressure should be firm.
  5. Referring to the picture below (yes, the picture is upside down…that is to indicate how you will be looking at your tummy), use your fingertips on your right hand and very firmly press just to the left of your right pelvic bone and pull up toward your right breast about 1/2 an inch.  Before letting go, use your fingertips on your left hand to press just below your right fingertips, release right fingertips and pull up with left fingertips about 1/2 an inch.  Repeat this process up the blue line.
  6. Now you will move on to the red line.  Use the same process as before, alternating your right and left fingertips to pull up the red line and then to pull across the red line to the left side of your body, a couple of inches above your belly button.
  7. Now go back and repeat this process up, across, and down the green line.
  8. Start over from the blue line and repeat the entire process 2 more times.
  9. End with the large clockwise circles around your entire stomach.
    Abdominal Massage

This is one of my favorite tummy massages.  It is called the “I Love You” massage.  It is used when massaging babies.  You’ll notice the blue line makes an “I,” the red line makes a backwards “L,” and the green line makes a “U” for the “you.”  So cute and easy to remember.

As a side note, you can totally do this to babies that have colic…it really helps to relieve the pressure in their tummies that are causing them to be so fussy.

Of course, don’t forget to set your relaxing mood before you begin your treatment.  Play relaxing music, dim the lights, light candles, etc. Make this time about you.

Poison Oak / Poison Ivy Potion

Over 60% of Americans have a sensitivity or allergy to urushiol, which is the chemical in poison oak and poison ivy.  This toxic chemical is what causes the rashes and blisters that people get when they come in contact with it.

If you have an allergy or sensitivity to poison oak or poison ivy, it will usually show up within 72 hours after contact.  If you are having a reaction, you may notice that you itch, have a rash, or have blisters.  Some people even have a much more severe reaction including throat swelling, cramps, and diarrhea.

There are several pieces of good news…1) you can’t get it from someone that has it…you have to be in contact with the chemical, 2) once you lose sensitivity to the chemical, you’ll always be immune from the reactions, and 3) there are quite a few natural things that you can do to ease the discomfort, if you do have a reaction.

Natural Remedies:

  • drink aloe vera juice to alkalize your body
  • take a bath in oatmeal to relieve itching
  • wash affected areas with cold water and then apply witch hazel
  • take the enzyme Protease to reduce swelling and promote healing
  • do a vitamin C flush…it is a natural antihistamine
  • take Adrenal Complex to strengthen against sensitivity
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