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Ginger - Help for those going through Chemotherapy.

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Many of us will know someone who is going through chemotherapy treatment, be it a family member, friend or yourself personally.  Unfortunately the process of chemotherapy has a lot of unpleasant side effects, some of the more well known ones are of nauseousness and vomiting.

Recently a trial on ginger (Zingiber officials) took place at the Oncology Unit of Baqiyatallah Hospital, Tehran, Iran.  It included patients that were undergoing initial chemotherapy (mostly a combination of the moderately emesis-causing chemotherapy drugs docetaxel, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide) and none were undergoing radiation treatments.

The first dose of ginger (and placebo - to show a control line/level) was given 30 minutes after chemotherapy treatment and continued for 4 days with day 1 being the first day of chemotherapy treatment.  The prevalence and severity of nausea, vomiting and retching were measured during the first 6 hours after chemotherapy treatment, during the 6-24 hours after chemotherapy, and during days 2, 3, and 4.  

They found that the most significant improvement was with the ginger group with a nearly 60% reduction in symptoms compared to 35% reduction in the placebo group.  This reduction in symptoms was mainly experienced in the 6-24 hours after chemotherapy treatment, but shows that this amazing rhizome can help relieve some of the pain that your loved one is going through.
Keller, C. Amy. Effect of Ginger on Acute and Delayed Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting. HerbalGram. Fall 2012;95 (36-37).



Naturalus Organic Ginger Tea is available in 30gm and 60gm packs.  Click HERE to get started.






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Painkillers Giving you Headaches?

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Feverfew & Ginger shown to provide migraine & headache relief.  Migraine is a complex neurobiological disease characterised by headache, nausea, photophobia (intolerance of bright light), phono phobia (intolerance of noise and speech), autonomic nasal symptoms, muscle pain, and cognitive disruption.  Some attacks require bed rest, while others cause only milk or limited disability.  Because oral medications don't work for all migraine sufferers and because prescription medications are associated with adverse events, high costs, and quantity limits, there is a need for affordable, effective, alternative treatments.



The double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study reviewed the efficacy of a feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) rhizome formulation.  All in the study met criteria for International Headache Society migraine with or without aura, and had a history of migraine for more than 1 year.  They had experienced between 2-6 attacks per month during the previous 3 months with at least 75% of their attacks begun with a mild headache.  They were advised to treat all migraine attacks over the 1 month period regardless of the intensity. 

Of those using the feverfew/ginger mix 32% reported being pain-free at 2 hrs post-dose compared to 16% using placebo.  At 2hrs post-dose the percentage of attacks rated as 'No Pain' or 'Mild Pain" was 64% compared to 39% for placebo.  Pain levels were significantly lower for those taking feverfew/ginger and following symptoms were reduced/eliminated in some:  the pulsating character of the headache; the worsening of headache with activity; the presence of light sensitivity; sound-sensitivity and nausea.  

The authors concluded that this study supported the efficacy of the feverfew/ginger combination in the acute treatment of migraine when administered early in the migraine attack.  This is great news for all who suffer nearly every day with this debilitating condition.   

If you need help with your migraines & headaches check out our Organic Headache/Migraine Tea it too contains organic Feverfew & organic Ginger, along with White Willow (natures natural form of aspirin) and Cramp Bark (super rich in magnesium - the body's ANTI-STRESS mineral).






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Summer Mocktails Anyone?

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Found some recipes that could go down a treat when the summer sun comes out hot - can't wait to experience!


1.  Iced Ginger & Lemon - Boil 4 cups of water and pour over 4 teaspoons of Naturalus Organic Ginger.  Leave to brew for 15 - 20 minutes then strain into a pitcher removing ginger.  Add ice and slices of lemon, chill and pour as needed!



2.  Hibiscus & Lime Cooler - In a saucepan, add 4 teaspoons of Naturalus Organic Red Hibiscus along with 4 cups of water and bring to the boil.  Simmer for 5 - 10 minutes with lid on.  Cool and strain into a pitcher, add ice and slices of lime, chill & enjoy!



3.  Iced Lemon Green Tea - Take 5 teaspoons of Naturalus Organic Gunpowder Green Tea & put into a T-sac, then put into a 1 litre pitcher of water and add a big handful of fresh mint leaves.  Set out in the sun for 3-4 hours, dependant on how dark you like your tea.  Remove the T-sac of Green Tea and add the juice of 2 lemons and add stevia or honey to sweeten if you desire.  Chill and add ice and serve!


Enjoy!

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Hayfever Gone

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It's Springtime Yay!   But for some of us springtime brings pollen & hay fever.  Avoidance for seasonal allergens is best, but it can often be difficult to avoid, due to where you live and work.  So below are some steps you can take to lessen your allergic response.




Low gastric/stomach juices/acid is commonly seen with those suffering from hay fever (allergic rhinitis).  When we do not have enough stomach acid or are on certain medications such as losec, our bodies cannot break our food down properly at mealtime and these incomplete portions of food can trick our body into thinking they are foreign matter invading and our bodies automatic response is to attack, leading to an allergic response.  Over time this leads to gut permeability (leaky gut syndrome) and lowered immunity and increases the likelihood of developing additional allergies.  So by healing our gut & digestion you help to lessen/stop the allergic reaction to pollens & grasses.

Lifestyle & dietary factors that decrease our immunity and efficient gut function:
Alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, increased feelings of stress, white sugar, fried foods, MSG, fast food, microwaved foods, gluten, white flour, homogenised milk, aspartame, chemically preserved meats.

Foods that you can include in your diet to help lessen symptoms & improve health:
Cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, flaxseed fibre, sunflower seeds, apple cider vinegar, probiotic yogurt, garlic, onions, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, horseradish.

Drink plenty of fluid: water and herbal tea.  Along with the benefits from the herbs below, water itself helps to decrease mucus created by the allergic response:

Naturalus Allergy Tea
Licorice
Echinacea
Pau d'Arco
Eyebright

This tea acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, astringent, demulcent (soothing to tissues) & anti-histamine.  Helping to soothe the nasal passages, decrease mucous, relieve itchiness and improve overall immunity & gut health.  Leading to relief of hayfever symptoms and lessening reoccurrence.  These herbs are also rich in Zinc, Vitamin C, Silica, Sulphur, Vitamin D, Vitamin A which are also known to help with decreasing allergic reactions, improving immunity, repairing damage, so you can carry on enjoying your day without worrying about your health!

Naturalus Green Tea
Rich in antioxidants, as well as tannins, helping to tighten up the mucous membranes of the nasal and digestive passage bringing relief to your hay fever.  You can use alone or combine with the Allergy Tea for maximum benefit.

If you're not a tea drinker then we also have the extra options of below to help relieve your symptoms:

Naturalus Chest Balm  (also very good for hayfever, sinuses, head cold)

Original:  Lavender, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Thyme & Rosemary.
Stronger: Eycalyptus, Thyme, Rosemary, Wintergreen & Menthol Crystals.

A fantastic blend to either dab under the nose or morning & night or use as part of a nasal inhalation treatment.  Firstly you'll need to get a pinch of sea salt and dissolve in nearly boiled water.  Once it has cooled, stir and put some of the saline mix onto a teaspoon and inhale up each nostril in turn.  Then get a bowl and place a finger dab of the Naturalus Chest Balm (of preferred mix) and pour nearly boiled water into bowl to dissolve.  Have a towel on hand big enough to cover your head and bowl so that you inhale the essential oil blend.  Remain under for at least 5 minutes or longer if you wish.  Repeat as often as able.

If you don't have the time for nasal inhalations then make sure you have an essential oil burner at home or in your work room, failing that apply a few drops to a switched on light bulb.  Adding 2-5 drops of any of the following essential oils will help to relieve symptoms and make your day more enjoyable:


Naturalus Essential Oils:

Lavender
Spearmint
Eucalyptus
Orange
Lemongrass
Lime
Clove

 So get your collection of Naturalus Remedies now so you can spend Springtime 2012 
free of Hayfever!









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