Ancient art of oil pulling

Mouthwash has become the norm for those who are in a rush in the morning and is often treated as a ‘quick oral clean’. You guys know I am not a fan of chemical mouthwashes for many reasons. It is difficult to find a good mouthwash which does the job without using cleaning chemicals though, right?

MouthwashAs it turns out this is not so true, and as silly as this may sound (don’t freak out) bare with me – because it does work, I myself have had a lot of success with this, as have a lot of others I have spoken to. The technique I am going to be showing you guys is called ‘oil pulling’ it is an old Indian remedy and on paper sounds vert crude but in reailty makes a lot of sense. The process involves getting a good high fat oil (I use coconut oil) holding it in the mouth for 10 – 15 mins, then spitting it out – I’m not kidding. So why on earth would you do this? To explain I need to show you guys how a basic soap works.

11A bar of soap is nothing more than a bar of ‘fat’ and the reason it is so effective at cleaning is because bacteria loves fat – it sticks to it like glue, coconut oil is the same. Everytime you oil pull you are effectively pulling out a lot of harmful bacteria directly from the mouth, infact oil pulling is so good many even claim it can reverse and even stop tooth decay dead in its tracks. Oil pulling is no question a deeper and more natural clean compared to most typical mouthwashes on the market today.

So do I have to do it for 10 – 15 mins – and does it have to be coconut oil? Yes, 10 mins should be minimum, this is because it takes a while for the oil to pull out all the bacteria as it is a slow process, but it works very well and in just one week I promise you guys, you will see the results. Any oil can be used as long as the oil has a high fat content, it’ll work – I say coconut oil as honestly it is the best tasting oil compared to say raw vegetable oil (yuck).

If you guys decide to give oil pulling a go, let me know how you get on in the comments below! We would all love to hear from you.

Natural remedy for: eye strain

This natural remedy is great for tired, dry, irriated, infected and sore eyes. I’d like to point out, that although many brands of eye spray and eye wash contain chemicals; they are not harmful, unlike other chemicals found in cosmetic products. I understand though that some people want to go 100% natural/organic, which is fine – which is why I think you guys will like this natural remedy.

You will need

  • Himalayan salt (can be found in most health shops)
  • Distilled water (ideally, or mineral water if you can’t get it)
  • Honey (Any type of honey will work)
  • A jar or a pot (to store the remedy)

You guys are probably thinking, ‘salt! In the eye! Are yee mad?’ If I was using normal table salt I would agree, it is mad – but himalayan salt comes directly from the himalyan mountains and is full of vital trace minerals which are very good for the eyes, unlike chemically made table salt. Himalyan salt also has many other benefits and can be used as a natural salt scrub, or natural hand wash (with organic soap).

A bowl of fine salt'

A bowl of fine salt’

To make this remedy

  1. Pour in 10 – 20ml of water into a bowl (or container)
  2. Add in roughly half a tea spoon of honey into the water (no more otherwise the spray will be too sticky to use)
  3. Finally add in a very, very small pinch of the salt – too much can cause further irritation to the eye.
  4. Mix the contents until the water becomes clear
  5. You are done!

This natural remedy can also be used as an eye wash as well – just bare in mind it only has a very short life of around 2 – 3 weeks, so it is better to make it in small batches. The reason for the short life is due to the salt crystallizing in the water.

If you are struggling to find any of the above ingredients a quick Google search should reveal a few shops which sell them, you can also get the salt from us.

If you are going to try this natural remedy, let us know how you get on in the comments below! Or maybe you have a natural remedy already? If so, we would all love to hear.

Natural remedies for sleep

Sleep is a vital part of our life, so much so that we spend 40% of our life doing it! So what actually happens when we sleep? There are four stages of sleep, stage one being the lightest.

Stage 1 (light sleep)

  • Nothing happens – you are half way between being awake and asleep

Stage 2 (sleep)

  • You begin to lose awareness of the real world
  • You become cooler

Stage 3 & 4 (deep sleep)

  • Energy is restored
  • Growth and repair occurs
  • Dreams take place (also known as REM sleep)

Lack of sleep is a big problem in the UK, with such hectic lifestyles; more and more people are getting stressed or simply do not have time to sleep due to work shifts or family problems. If you always feel tired during the mornings PLEASE do something about it, lack of sleep will shorten life span and put health at risk, so stop!

Natural sleep habits

  • Ensure bladder is empty before you go to sleep – Even if you do not need to go, doing so will ensure you are not interrupted in the night.
  • Room temperature – This is vital, if you are too hot or too cold you will not be able to sleep correctly; and even if you do – sleep quailty will be drastically reduced as the body has to work harder during the night.
  • The room is dark – Our body clock works best when the room is dark, this creates a hormone called Melatonin which is what helps us sleep at night.
  • Noise – Any sort of noise needs to be addressed as it will effect sleep quailty. If you are unable to stop the noise (e.g. live in a city) then it might be a good idea to consider ear plugs, as silly as it sounds it works.
  • Food & drink – You should not be eating or drinking before bed time as this will reduce sleep quality, leave atleast an hour gap and avoid midnight snacks!
  • Coffee & tea – Avoid any source of high/low caffine drinks as this drug counters the hormones made by the body. Although many people can sleep fine drinking tea before bed it is sleep quailty that is effected as a result you will feel tired when you wake up.

Food & herbs to help you sleep

  • Bananas – A great source of of magnesium which helps calm the body and makes sleeping much easier.
  • Cherries – Naturally contain melatonin, a hormone which is used by the body to help us sleep naturally at night.
  • Milk – Even better if you have it warm, as milk contains tryptophan and serotonin which both aid in sleep.
  • Turkey – A high source of tryptophan, a natural hormone which is what makes us feel ‘sleepy’
  • Valerian tea – Though no real evidence has been found to support this – Valerian, as long with Chamile and green tea might help ease you to sleep.
  • Lavender – It may sound daft, but lavender has calming effects on the brain; it is a non toxic/natural way to help you sleep and a perfect natural remedy if you suffer from stress. Best to be used on a pillow (spray) before sleep but incense can also be used.

Do you struggle with sleep? How do you cope with it? Let us know in the comments below!

Natural way to regrow hair? (for men)

Most men will encounter some level of hair loss at some point in their life – for some it starts as early as 18! In 80% of males hair loss is caused by a male hormone called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) this hormone slowly chokes the hair follicles; causing them to get smaller and smaller until the hair goes into the ‘resting stage’ where no new regrowth occurs.

This process is often called MPB (Male pattern baldness) and is a natural part of life; for many though it can be a very daunting thing to experience. You will find many, many products on the market which claim to restore hair, however most of these are nothing more than snake oils. Two drugs have been approved to use for MPB and these are:  Minoxidil and Propecia.

Minoxidil comes in a foam (known as Rogaine) or in liquid form both are applied directly to the infected area twice a day. Propecia on the other hand is a drug you take once a day which aims at blocking DHT which – in turn stops MPB. These are the only forms of treatment which are licensed to work, and it really is luck of the draw some people have success, some people find it halts hair loss while others find no change at all.

The problem with these drugs is the cost; Propecia works out at roughly £35 a month, while Minoxidill comes in at around £25 a month; you can find it cheaper in liquid form but you will find the liquid is very sticky and greasy and isn’t nice to apply. You will also be on this treatment for the rest of your life, so the cost will quickly add up.

You could also try a hair transplant which is done under local anesthesia. You will find many different types of this treatment but it is all really the same thing; it involves taking hairs from the head in areas you still have hair (aka the sides) and ‘injecting’ it into areas with no hair. This is done using a giant ‘pin’ which is used to ‘extract’ the hair directly from the scalp. For those who are interested I recommend watching this video:

Hair transplants are an easy fix, but come at a hefty price – expect to pay £4000 and upwards for this type of treatment.

So the age old question, can you restore hair naturally?

…Kinda, for most men the cause of hair loss is MPB but you should not rule out other causes; make sure you are 100% sure it is MPB from a doctor before you continue because it could be something else for example a bad diet or poor health and even cancer.

If you know it is MPB then the only way to stop it is to block DHT thus giving hair a chance to regrow. Propecia does just that – it blocks DHT but hang on a moment here, what about herbs? Do I really need to be taking this £1.30 a day drug? Turns out there are herbs which block DHT! And I will list these below:

Natural DHT blockers

  1. pumpkin seeds – Naturally contain beta-sitosterol, which helps to block DHT naturally.
  2. Saw Palmetto – Another cheap and natural herb which also contains beta-sitosterol which helps to stop DHT naturally.
  3. Giant Dodder – A few studies have found that this herb (looks like tumble weed) blocks DHT by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase type II.

A word of warning: Please check with the doctor before you begin taking these herbs, just to be safe! Also don’t expect instant results; hair takes 6 months to grow so results will take atleast 6 months before you begin to see results.

Are you suffering from hair loss? How are you dealing with it? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

How to lose weight – the right way!

I can not stress how I lathe those weight loss pills! STAY AWAY! As I said in my YouTube video They are bad news and often contain very harmful chemicals which ‘attempt’ to force the body to burn fat. This is very unnatural and the body is not designed to work like this. A woman actually died while taking these pills.

With that said losing weight is a commitment, if you are serious about it you need to stick with the program. Dieting is not enough, i’m sorry – it may help you lose a few pounds – but thats really about it.

To lose weight you need to: 1) Improve energy levels, 2) Increase metabolism 3) Clean digestive system

To start

The first thing you want to do is improve energy levels; higher energy levels means you will naturally eat less and stay fuller for longer. You can do this by getting some herbs and spices into your diet, most of them can be found at the local supermarket.

These are: Cinnamon, Basil, Fennel, Sage, Cumin, Nettles & Coriander

These herbs will improve your energy levels which in turn will keep you fuller for longer, it is a natural way of staying full without taking drugs. It is fairly easily to get these herbs into the diet, many can be used as spices or mixed into a tea.

Next

Now you want to start boosting metabolism. This is why some people can eat and eat and not put on any weight at all! Metabolism is how the body processes energy; anything which is not needed is stored as fat. A fast way to build metabolism is by building muscle mass (not to be confused with fat burning) Check out this guy for some great info on how to build up muscle mass. Doing this will make it 70% easier to lose weight AND you’ll keep it off.

Some herbs are also a great way to naturally increase metabolism

These are: Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Ginger, Tarmac, Mustard

Muscle building is still a vital part of weight loss – don’t be put off! It really isn’t as scary as it sounds; and you don’t need to spend £100s in equipment. Be creative! You can use bricks, cans, bottles of water and many other house hold items as weights; press ups, squats and chin ups are also great exercies – you don’t need to hit the gym. Just make sure to warm up before a workout, and remember the goal is to build muscle mass.

Finally

Improving Digestion is the final part of the program, why is this important? The digestive system is often over looked in weight loss but think about it – the digestive system is what passes the food through the body. If it is not working correctly, then neither will the body which can lead to all sorts of problems. A clean healthy digestive system will make it so much easier to keep the weight off. Thankfully you can use some very potent herbs which drastically improve digestive health,

These are: Dandelion, Lemon Balm, Dill, Burdock Root, Chamomile

Another way to keep the system clean and healthy is by getting plenty of fiber into the diet. Fiber is basically food which can not be processed by the body. It exits, while cleaning the body of all impurties as it exits.

Here is some some triva on the gut you probably did not know

 1.    Muciniphila – bacteria found in your gut plays a vital roll in weight balance
2.    Exercise that involves vertical movement may curb hunger due to a hormone which is created in this process.
3.    A healthy gut is a good defence against diabetes.
4.    A healthy digestive system increases fertility in females.
5.    A healthy digestive system is more efficient at doing its job, which is vital if you want to lose a lot of weight.

Liquid Gold: How honey can help you

Not just for toast! I know it sounds crazy (probably because it is) but honey is a great remedy for many common illnesses. It can also be used on its own as a very potent natural hair conditioner as well as a very effective skin cream; mainly because of the very rich mineral content.

Benefits of honey

  • Eating honey could improve memory according to some studies
  • Many studies have shown that using honey on wounds/cuts will increase recovery time
  • Though it is full of sugar honey contains a very healthy dose of minerals including; iacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
  • Honey has many anti-bacterial properties and can be used as a remedy to kill off a lot of harmful viruses and illnesess like E. coli and many others which are resistant to drugs.
  • Like to drink? Honey has properties which increases the bodies resistance to alcohol – thus you can drink more.
  • Makes a great conditioner due to the natural mineral content, leaving hair feeling soft, silky and healthy. A great organic/natural conditoner which we also use in our shampoo – but it can also be used to treat chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.
  • Sooths coughs – Honey is a great natural remedy if you are suffering from a heavy cough and can bring instant relief. Honey can also be used during the night. It is best to mix the honey in tea; but for a night remedy you can take it raw in teaspoons as tea will actually make it harder to sleep.
  • Can help you sleep – by rising the insulin in the blood which in turn releases serotonin a natural sleep hormone.
  • Honey can be used on burns as a natural remedy and can help prevent scarring.It should only be used once the burn is cooled though as honey is not cold enough to prevent the burn from damaging deeper layers of skin tissue.
  • A great workout fuel! Honey is a great source of energy and can be used instead of those processed energy drinks its high mineral content is also another great plus, a perfect natural remedy for workouts which can be taken raw or mixed with tea or water.
  • Honey is naturally anti-inflammatory which means it can be used as a natural remedy for alligies for short term relief.

Difference between organic honey and processed honey?

Processed honey is still good stuff – but typically chemicals are added (though mostly harmless) to help prolong the life of the honey. If you are looking for raw organic/unprocessed honey I highly recommend checking these guys out. I use their honey for my shampoo.