Natural Remedies for Ailments

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Finding a natural remedy to sickness or an ailment


When looking for a natural remedy use common sense and add a grain of salt to what you may be told. Some people take it to an extreme and think there is a natural remedy for everything. Not true, but if you use common sense you’ll probably find a natural remedy for most ailments. After all, for many hundreds of years there was no such thing as a pharmaceutical industry, and using a natural remedy to cure an illness was the only way an illness could be cured.

The world of the natural remedy is varied and multi faceted. A few examples however are very common and should be known by everyone. For instance, zinc is a great natural remedy for colds. Cranberries are a natural remedy for urinary track infections, especially common for women. Aloe Vera juice applied to cuts and abrasions is a natural remedy that does wonders for healing. Garlic is a natural remedy for heart disease and an immune system strengthening agent. Seeds from the common pumpkin are a natural remedy to rid the body of parasites.

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Apple cider vinegar is a multifunctional natural remedy for many diseases, and an overall cleanser of the system. St. John’s Wort is a natural remedy for depression symptoms. Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits are full of vitamins and a great natural remedy for the common cold, as is chicken soup. White vinegar is a natural remedy for toe fungus when the feet are soaked in it. Cinnamon is a natural remedy for high blood pressure and much safer than pharmacological solutions. Grape seed is an ancient natural remedy for prostate problems, common in middle aged and older men. Finding a natural remedy is tea is easy. Green tea boosts the immune system, ginger tea aids digestion, and most teas in general help keep the system flushed out and pure. With this entire in mind, it is easy to see that a natural remedy is usually an option for almost any minor health problem.

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Multivitamin For Panic Attacks

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The human body needs 13 essential vitamins and minerals. It is necessary to have the vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, &  B complex and B12 for the body to function properly. Deficiency of any of these vitamins can result in illness and many other serious health complications. With this in mind I started my search for the best multivitamin that could prevent deficiency and lower the risk of illness or mortality as well as ease the symptoms of anxiety and panic attack.

I wanted a daily multivitamin rather than a cocktail of individual supplements that might exceed the safe upper limits of the recommended intake for any nutrient.  And I wanted a multivitamin that provided 100% or less of the Daily Value (DV) as a backup when my diet was lacking in nutrients or when my emotional state needed extra help fighting the fears of anxiety and panic attack.

Should I Take Vitamin Supplements?

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If your diet isn’t as good as it should be and you’re deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, a multivitamin should definitely be considered (along with just fixing what’s wrong with your diet). But even if your diet is pretty good, taking a daily multivitamin gives you the added peace of mind of knowing that your body is getting sufficient amounts of every important vitamin and mineral it needs for optimal health and function.


What to Look for in Your Multivitamin?

multivitamin benefitsThere are 5 main things you need to consider before choosing the best multivitamin for you:

  1. The amounts of vitamins and minerals. Does it have too much, too little, or an ideal amount of the various vitamins and minerals it contains?  If it contains too much of something, avoid it as it could be a waste of money or worse, it could be dangerous. And if it contains too little of something, then you’re just not paying for what it claims.
  2. The type of vitamins and minerals. For example, every multivitamin might contain calcium, but in what form? Calcium citrate or calcium carbonate? Is the vitamin A from beta carotene, retinyl acetate or retinyl palmitate?  Be aware that all multivitamins contain different ingredients.
  3. The quality. Does it contain more or less of the nutrients it claims?  Unfortunately, lab testing can only tell you this. While many of the multivitamins that have been around for many years can be trusted, check to see a seal of approval from the United States Pharmacopoeia, the NSF International or  IConsumerLab randomly tests some dietary supplements and makes the results available to subscribers.  It has been found that 25% of the supplements it has tested have problems.  So keep in mind that if  your brand of multivitamin fails to have one of these seals, then that means the manufacturer didn't submit its product for voluntary testing. Remember vitamins are not regulated like prescription and over-the-counter medications, so be careful of any product that does not volunteer for testing.
  4. Your specific needs. The human body has slightly different vitamin and mineral requirements based on your gender, age, diet and lifestyle.  It is for this reason that your multivitamin should suit your particular needs. eg iron. Younger premenopausal women almost always want a multivitamin that contains iron. On the other hand, men and older postmenopausal women want a multvitamin that contains no iron.  Check to see that it contains something more specific for those panic attack or stress full moments your life?
  5. The price. This is related to the other points.  Check that the multivitamin contains what you want for your particular needs.  Do you really want all the special benefits? This does not necessarily mean the most expensive one is the best nor the cheapest the worst.

Which Multivitamin Is Best for Anxiety and Panic Attack?

As for the best multivitamin brand, this is a most confusing exercise.

Where do you start with literally hundreds of different multivitamins on the market, all containing different amounts of certain vitamins and minerals and all claiming to be the best of them all?

Some are made specifically for men, some are made just for women, and some are for people over the age of 50. Others are for people who live an active lifestyle, or need more energy, or have specific health benefits in mind (anxiety, panic, depression, heart health, colon health, etc.). The list goes on and on, with each multivitamin affirming itself to be the best for that exact purpose.

So, how do you decide which multivitamin truly is the best for a panic attack.  In short it depends on how much you understand your own level of anxiety. 

Centrum Performance

multivitamin benefitsTherefore with all these factors in mind, the best multivitamin on the market that I recommend is Centrum Performance.  It is a complex multivitamin supplement that helps to energize the body and mind. It provides minerals, vitamins and calcium for the body as required. With a combination of herbs, minerals and 28 vitamins, Centrum Performance promotes vitality and helps maintain short-term memory and concentration for enhanced everyday performance. Centrum Performance has extracts of ginkgo biloba and ginseng which helps to unlock energy and protects the body against free radical damage.


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Herbal Medicine for Stress Relief

Today more and more people are turning to natural remedies.  Why?  Possibly we are not sure if our medicines will be paid for by the national insurance bodies, or possibly we are looking more and more into alternative remedies to help cure our ailments. This is yet one more reason to turn to nature for our health needs.

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Herbal Medicine is a holistic approach to health using remedies made from plants to treat disorders and maintain good health.  Every culture throughout history has used herbal products to both prevent and treat various diseases.

Herbal medicines are used to support the body’s own healing mechanisms in order to restore a balanced state of health.  They have limited, if any side effects and are becoming a popular way of improving our own quality of life.  Herbal medicine can help all age groups and have been used to treat endless problems.  

Examples where they can be used include stress, anxiety, digestive problems, insomnia, headaches, women’s and men’s health problems, immune problems, allergies, auto-immune conditions, cystisis and urinary problems, recurrent respiratory infections and many more conditions.

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herbal medine for stress reliefIf you are fortunate to be in an area where there is an abundance of herbs growing naturally you can prepare herbs in a variety of ways.  Well known favourites such as St John’s Wart (Hypericum perforatum), Sage (Salvia officinalis) and Marigold (Calendula arvensis) and Thyme are therapeutically important herbs that can be prepared as infused oils, ointment and creams for external use or as teas and tinctures used internally.


How to Make Your Infused Oils for Herbal Medicine

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Collect the herb of your choice and place in an empty jar.  Pour olive oil in the jar, enough to cover the herb, and place on a window sill in the sun.  Leave for three weeks, shaking the jar each day.  After three weeks, strain through a cheese cloth into a clean jar.  Your infused oil is now ready for use.  Store in a cool dark place. 



How to Make an Ointment for Natural Remedies

Heat 100ml of infused oil in a double boiler on low heat.  Add 14g of bees wax.  Keep in the boiler until the wax has melted.  Pour into a clean cream pot and allow to cool.  The ointment can then be applied to the skin.  Herbs such as Calendula and St John’s Wart are anti-inflammatory and good for superficial burns.

How to Make a Tincture Using Herbal Medicine

olive tree leaves First collect olive leaves and place in a jar.  Cover with some alcohol and store in a dark place for 3 weeks shaking the contents each day.  After three weeks, strain the solution through a cheese cloth into a clean jar, storing in a dark bottle in a cupboard.  Up to 5ml of this tincture can be taken daily.  This has been known to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.  Alternatively, a decoction can be made by boiling the olive leaves in water for 20 minutes.  This however will need to be consumed within 2 days.



use fresh  herbsWhatever your health, look to nature and try to include more of its healing properties to enrich your life naturally.  


Supplements for Panic Attack

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If your diet always includes plenty of fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables, quality protein sources, and heart-healthy fats, you may not benefit from supplements. Unfortunately evidence suggests that most people’s health regime does not follow this path, even when with all good intentions, circumstances make it impossible.  It is for this reason that many of us would benefit from supplementing our diet with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients and herbs, particularly for those dark periods in our lives.



What is a ‘Supplement”?

dietary supplementsThe word “supplement” means something added. In this case, you are “adding” to a basic healthy diet and lifestyle, or to a prescription medication or therapy to treat a medical condition. It is important to remember, that a vitamin or herbal supplement on its own will not necessarily cure or treat your condition or health problem. Nor does it mean that taking a vitamin can replace an unhealthy diet as nothing can substitute the nutrients you receive from fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. However, a general multivitamin and mineral supplement can be a good safeguard against periodic vitamin deficiencies in your diet.

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) define a dietary supplement as a product that:

  • supplements the food you eat;
  • contains one or more dietary ingredients (including vitamins; minerals; herbs or other botanicals; amino acids, and other substances);
  • comes in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form; and
  • is labelled as a dietary supplement

Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

These supplements contain micronutrients meant to help a healthy body function smoothly. For example, vitamin A helps your vision and bone growth, while vitamin E strengthens the immune system and helps repair DNA. Deficiency in vitamin and minerals can affect the body’s ability to heal.  This in turn will affect your immune system.

Herbal Supplements

dietary supplementsThese are different from vitamin and mineral supplements in that they are considered to have medicinal value and generally support a specific area of the body’s health, such as the liver, heart, mind or bones. Herbs, also known as botanicals, are one of the oldest healing therapies and the basis of many modern medicines.

Can Supplements Be Taken With Medications?

Like any type of natural remedy it is best to check with your doctor if you are taking other medications. Herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs can combine to cause adverse side effects. Because a herbal supplement is extracted from a “natural” source it does not mean it is less harmful than any chemical. At the same time, remember that not all these vitamins are beneficial, especially when taken in toxic doses or combined with other medications.

When are Supplements Beneficial?

In short, they are a great way to make sure you are getting all the necessary vitamins and micro-nutrients you need to be healthy.  

There is more and more evidence that people are turning to supplements to complement their diets.  Apart from ensuring that the body receives all the necessary vitamins, there are a number of reasons why they are becoming more popular.

  • Modern farming techniques – the increase in the use of industrial agriculture has decreased the nutritional value of many foods in our diet. Replacing organic fertilizers with synthetics, (often containing only nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium), achieves large, fast-growing plants that appeal visually to the consumer, but often lack the main micronutrients required in a healthy diet.
  • Aging. As we grow older, many of us suffer from poor digestion due to insufficient stomach acid or low populations of beneficial microorganisms in our digestive tracts.  Consequently we are not able to achieve the best nutrients from our food sources.
  • Frequent dieting – to achieve weight loss, we reduce our calorie intake which also means restricting good nutrition.  
  • Medications – many prescription medications lower vitamin and/or mineral concentrations in the blood.
  •  Busy lifestyles – it is not so easy to eat a healthy meal at every meal. Vitamins, minerals and herbal remedies can help to fill these gaps

Best Supplements for Panic Attacks?

Information about dietary supplements is often confusing. It’s hard to know which one is safe and achieves what it claims, eg ‘the hormone melatonin helps establish normal sleep patterns’. This is made even more difficult because of government regulations. Unlike drugs, which must be approved by the FDA before they can be marketed, dietary supplements do not require premarket review or approval by the FDA.

While the supplement company is responsible for having evidence that their products are safe and the label claims are truthful and not misleading, we the consumer have to make the best informed choice. However, before selecting a supplement to fight your panic attacks, the very first consideration is to eat a healthy diet. Even the best supplement is no substitute for good nutrition.



Bach Flower Remedies for Panic Attack

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Panic and anxiety disorders are generally treated with medication that is taken regularly. While these medications may be effective, many of them are habit forming and cause withdrawal effects when the sufferer chooses to stop. Consequently many sufferers today prefer taking homeopathic remedies.

Bach Flower Remedies are one of the homeopathic remedies that can be used for panic attack..

What are Bach Flower Remedies?

alternative medicine - bach flower remediesThe original Bach Flower Remedies are a safe and natural method of healing discovered by Dr. Bach more than 80 years ago in England. He came up with 38 remedies which come from the flowering parts of plants, bushes and trees. They are liquid so that you can mix them together, which gives a 293 million possible combination, enough to treat every possible negative mental state.

How Do Bach Remedies Work?

Put simply, Bach Flower Remedies are medicines used to balance negative mental states and emotions. Each remedy treats a specific negative emotional state (eg fear, worry, hatred and indecision) by encouraging the equivalent positive quality that lies dormant within us.  This allows peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.

Can You Take Anxiety Medications WithThis Alternative Medicine?

Bach Remedies are designed to be safe and can be used with medications.  However, a word of warning – always check with your medical practitioner before you stop your medication.  At times, you may experience withdrawal symptoms and your panic symptoms may be worse.

Do Bach Flower Remedies have any Side Effects?

The Bach Flower Remedies are 100% safe with no side effects. Unlike many medications, when you feel fine again, you can stop taking the remedies and you will remain fine. Because they work very gently, they slowly unpeel the emotional layers one at a time.

Who ProvidesThese Natural Remedies?
Bach Flower remedies may be used by homeopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors, herbalists, and Bach flower practitioners. Consumers can buy Bach remedies at health food stores and online.

Are There Bach Remedies for Panic Attack?

alternative medicine - bach flower remediesFind a trained Bach Remedy consultant who will need to know which particular emotional state you are trying to treatIn the case of panic or anxiety symptoms, try these Bach Flower Remedies:

  • Mimulus: Fear of anything you can put a name on: Fear of dying, being alone, spiders, losing a job, not be able to pay your bills, fear of flying, fear of a panic attack, fear of small places  etc.
  • Aspen: Fear of the unknown, fear that something bad is going to happen but you cannot put a name on it.
  • Red Chestnut: Fear that something bad is going to happen to your loved ones.
  • Rock Rose: Frozen fear, terror, and the deer in the headlight type of fear.
  • Cherry Plum: Fear that you may lose control on yourself, explosive anger, the feeling you wish to hurt yourself or others.
  • Elm: If you feel overwhelmed, too much to do, not enough time.
  • White Chestnut: If you have repeated unwanted thoughts or worries.

How are Bach Remedies Prepared?

These remedies are made 100% naturally from spring water infused with wild flowers. The recommendation for every day purposes is to take no more than six or seven remedies at the same time.  

You can use one of two basic methods when you want to mix them.

  • For passing moods: select ones you want to take, than in a glass of water add two drops of each remedy. Sip from the glass at intervals until the mood has passed. In an emergency you might take a sip every few seconds and later a couple of sips during the evening.
  • For long term problems: you can use a glass of water method. Make up a fresh glass each morning. Sip from the glass four times a day – in the morning, in the evening and two more times during the day.

You can also make up a treatment bottle. In an empty 30 ml or 1 oz dropper bottle put two drops of each selected remedy, than top the bottle with non-fizzy bottled mineral water. As a preservative, you may choose to add 1 teaspoon of brandy, or for alcohol-free, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerine. Shake the contents a little bit. Take four drops directly on the tongue at least four times a day. Four drops are the minimum dose. If you take less it reduces the effectiveness of the remedies. A 30 ml treatment bottle will last up to three weeks.

alternative medicine - bach flower remediesThe best known flower remedy product is the Rescue Remedy combination, which contains an equal amount each of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum remedies. The product is aimed at treating stress, anxiety, and panic attacks especially in emergencies.

While Bach Remedies are safe to use, there is not sufficient evidence to prove their effect.  However, if the act of selecting and taking a remedy as well as litening to a practitioner helps ease your emotional state, then bach remedies cannot do you any harm.