Saturday, March 30, 2013

Turmeric for Osteoarthritis

Turmeric is a popular spice which has had a special place in Indian Ayurveda for over 2000 years. This remarkable herb has been used since ancient times to promote a healthy digestive system and to cleanse and heal cuts, bruises and sprains including to reduce swelling.

Turmeric contains curcumin. Curcumin is the pigment which gives the spice its golden yellow color and it’s also the ingredient which gives turmeric the power to reduce inflammation and help bring relief to pain.

Since the practice of using turmeric to reduce inflammation is over a thousand years old, some experts believe the yellow colored spice has the potential to bring relief to pain and swelling caused by osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a disease which damages the cartilage that pads the joints. Cartilage is a spongy tissue which prevents the bone joints from rubbing against each other. When the bones rub against each other it causes pain, swelling and stiffness at the joints. The joints at the knees, hips, spine, hands and toes are the areas where osteoarthritis occurs.

Osteoarthritis can be divided into two types: primary osteoarthritis and secondary osteoarthritis. The elderly are the ones susceptible to primary osteoarthritis since this form of osteoarthritis is linked to the degradation of the cartilage. Secondary osteoarthritis on the other hand can occur due to a variety of factors with two being if surgery has been done on a joint or when excess weight is exerted on the joint due to obesity.

Some doctors advise their patients who suffer from osteoarthritis to take turmeric in the form of pills or capsules.
A popular home remedy is to mix 2 teaspoons turmeric with enough coconut oil to make a paste and apply it to the joint.

When consuming turmeric you can eat it raw by sprinkling it on vegetables, salads and dressings or you can have it with your favorite curry. One of the core ingredients in curries is turmeric.

Turmeric is also added to savory rice dishes to give it a yellow color.

A popular drink using turmeric which goes back to traditional times in certain parts of India is to mix ¼ teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of hot milk and drink it.

Make sure to consult your doctor and get his advice about the side effects of using turmeric and its effectiveness in treating osteoarthritis. You will then have a better understanding of this wonderful spice and whether it can help bring relief to you if you’re suffering from osteoarthritis.

Tips for Stay-at-Home Mom

Being organized and working according to a timetable are very important when you are a stay at home mom.

Being organized can help reduce stress to a great extent and give a mom a few extra hours of much needed and deserved free time.

Unfortunately, not all mothers work according to a schedule.

They become so occupied with raising and caring for their children they have less time to take care of themselves.

They neglect their skin, hair, weight, etc. and end up stressed out and unhappy.
Below are a few tips to help such mothers.

Time saving tips for stay at home moms

Time is essential and as a mother you should know how to divide it accordingly so your kids and you including your husband will benefit from it.

One way of doing this is to have a timetable/schedule written out of the daily chores you have to attend to.

Many claim mothers have good memories but when the workload gets to be too much even moms can forget things.

Grocery Shopping Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Always remember to write down the groceries you need on paper before you go shopping.

This saves you the time and trouble of having to go back to the store if you’ve forgotten to buy something.

Cooking Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Make a menu card for the meals you plan to cook for the whole week.

Keep a separate place in the kitchen wall for the menu cards.

You can use a display board and pin the cards on it.

I use a white board and every Sunday write out the menus for the week ahead on it.

House Cleaning Tips for Stay at Home Moms

If you want your kids to grow up in a clean and healthy home keep it free of dust and dirt.

Make sure there’s enough ventilation to allow a free flow of fresh air to circulate throughout the house.

Don’t allow dust to gather on table tops, shelves, etc.

For homes which are fully carpeted vacuum according to how often the carpeted room is used.

If the room is used everyday then vacuum carpet daily. For rooms which aren’t used often vacuum carpet twice a week.

Carpets should be professionally cleaned once a year.

Drapes/curtains should be vacuumed weekly and washed annually.

Laundry Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Don’t wait till the laundry piles up.

Instead wash clothes when you have enough for a load or two.

How to Pay Bill Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Pay your bills on time.

People who don’t have had their homes and cars taken away from them, water, gas and electricity turned off.

Try not to use money which has been set aside for paying bills for dinners and movies, to go shopping (for things which you don’t need), to take a holiday, etc.

Homework Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Set a time for your kids to do homework preferably when you can join them too. In this way you can see their progress at school and assist them if they need help.

Once they finish their homework make sure they've packed their schoolbooks and have their clothes ready for school the next day.

Bedtime Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Have a warm glass of milk with a teaspoon of honey added to it before retiring to bed at night.

It will help you get a good night’s sleep.

Keep a notebook next to your bedside table in case you need to write down something you have to get done the next day which you might forget when the new day dawns.

Health Tips For Stay At Home Moms

To rid your body of toxins:

Drink 6-8 glasses of water every day. Have a glass of lukewarm water with 1-2 drops of lemon juice first thing in the morning.

Take your daily quota of fiber (18gm – 24 gm a day). Oatmeal, bran and beans are just some of the foods rich in fiber.

Do a sea salt water flush. Make sure to add a drop or two of lemon juice to the salt water as this helps to remove the unpleasant salty taste making it easier to drink.

Go to a salon and treat yourself to a scalp massage, facial and pedicure once a month.

Invest in a Timeworks Fx exercise machine to keep in shape.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How to Make Homemade Vick’s Vaporub

  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • ½ cup olive oil or almond oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary Oil
  • 20 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 20 drops Eucalyptus oil


Place the beeswax in a double boiler and allow to completely melt. Then stir in the oils and completely mix. Pour into clean glass jars and close with lid. Massage on feet to sooth congestion and coughing.