Friday, June 27, 2008

Lemon Juice Health Benefits

Lemon Juice Health Benefits are good for health just now learn to know about Benefits of Lemon.Lemon is one of the fruits that would strengthen your immune system. If you have flu or colds, try drink lemon juice. It will relieve the symptoms as well as halt the progress of most infection.Lemon one of good herbals Health Benefits.

Provided that the juice is diluted with water, there is no danger in taking any reasonable quantity of lemon juice. Be sure to choose firm, clear colored lemons that have not begun to wither. The first signs of ageing can be spotted where the stem was once attached to the fruit.
The high vitamin C content of the lemon has been used for hundreds of years to ward off scurvy among sailors and travelers. There is little sodium, so the fruit is good as a flavoring for those on a low salt diet.

The producers of lemons extend their keeping properties and improve appearance by coating them with the chemical diphenyl and waxing the fruits, it is a wise precaution to wash the lemon with a little unscented soap and then rinse thoroughly before converting the whole fruit to juice,good herbs.

The pulp left from the juicing is excellent for the skin and can also soothe the bites and stings of insects. If you add equal parts of toilet water and of glycerin to the residue the mixture can be made to keep the hands smooth.

Gastronomically inclined Frenchman, Charles Richet, is said by Dr Valnet to have discovered that the lemon juice added to raw oysters before eating them destroys 92% of the bacteria present within 15 minutes. A good reason to wait before you eat!

This information is relevant to the idea that lemon juice is a most important therapy to be used in all cases of infection of the respiratory tract and as a general tonic.

Lemonade is known to have been used as a refreshing drink since the time of the Moguls. Modem investigations have tended to support this use, the essential oil being very good for cooling the body. This use can be extended to the employment of lemon juice with water and sugar as the best drink to take when you have a fever

When the temperature of the body is high, whether from the effects of the sun or from the results of illness, it is necessary to take regular drinks in order to prevent dehydration. Sugar is not normally a desirable part of a healthy diet, nevertheless it has its part to play with lemon, and although there is no doubt that the addition of honey if available is very much to be preferred.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Natural Herbal Soaps

Natural herbal soaps,More form handmade soaps are made using the "Cold Process Technology" using just natural products. This means the soaps are full of natural glycerin and even with cold water will produce a rich foam.

Herbals oils used in manufacturing the herbal soaps are coconut oil and palm oil. Palm oil contains natural vitamin A and E while coconut oil has a natural bactericide and so combats acne and suchlike skin problems.

Natural herbal soaps supply natural scents and vitamins for your skin. Use for aromatherapy or just because they feel so good.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thai Herbal Noodles recipes (with Shrimp or Tofu)

Thai Herbal Noodle Recipe canhelp you more.I know what Monday's are like. It's hard enough to get yourself back into the routine of another week without making heavy work of the evening meal. My Thai Herbal Noodle Recipe can come to the rescue.

These yummy noodles are very easy to make - in fact, the recipe calls for "instant-type" noodles, which are super-easy and fast to cook. And now that all the summer produce is in, fresh herbs can be found in most stores and markets, or you might even have some growing in your garden. As a bonus, these noodles can be made vegetarian, or with shrimp for those who like seafood. A great everyday type of noodle recipe that's nice to have on hand - especially on a "Munday"!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Herbal Supplement Sales in United States Show Growth in All Channels

Herbal Supplement Sales in United States Show Growth.
Sales of herbal dietary supplements demonstrated steady growth in multiple market channels during 2006 and 2007. Such growth occurred even within the mainstream market channel (i.e., food, drug, and mass market retailers, referred to as FDM) in 2007, which marks the first time that sales have increased within this particular channel in several years. Unpublished sales statistics gathered from various primary and secondary sources by Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) show that total estimated herb sales in the US market rose 4.1% in 2006 compared to 2005. Preliminary research on 2007 sales indicate a 4.4% increase over 2006.

Herbal dietary supplements are sold in the United States through a variety of market channels, including health and natural food stores; FDM outlets; warehouse stores; convenience stores; mail order, radio and television direct sales, and Internet sales; companies that sell directly to the consumer (often called network marketing or multi-level marketing [MLM] companies); health professionals in their offices (e.g., acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, some conventional physicians), and other channels. Whereas Information Resources Inc. (IRI) and other market data companies such as ACNielsen are able to generate relatively accurate data of herbal dietary supplement sales for the FDM channel through cash register and computer scanning records, the majority of sales channels lack such econometric tracking services and are thus estimated with a lesser degree of accuracy. However, by pooling various sources of available data and modeling the remaining multi-channel firms, NBJ has arrived at a total estimated figure for all US herbal dietary supplement sales in 2006 of $4,590,000,000 and a figure of $4,791,000,000 for 2007.

According to data supplied by IRI of Chicago, sales of single herbal dietary supplements in the FDM channel declined by an almost imperceptible amount of 0.2% from 2005 to 2006, but such sales then rose by 7.6% in 2007 for a total figure of $267,757,500 (see Tables 2 and 3).1 The IRI data, considered by many industry experts as probably the most reliable econometric sales data available on herbal supplements for this market channel, does not include sales reports from Wal-Mart, Sam�s Club, and other large warehouse buying clubs, or from convenience stores. The inclusion of such additional data would likely increase the reported figures considerably, particularly since Wal-Mart is considered the largest single retail seller of dietary supplements in the United States.

The 25 top-selling single herbal dietary supplements within the FDM channel, as determined by IRI, are listed in Table 2. Despite the overall increase in herbal dietary supplement sales in the FDM channel, Table 2 shows that only 5 of the 25 top-selling single-herb supplements increased in sales from 2006 to 2007, with all others showing slight to moderate declines. Such data suggests that the majority of growth can be attributed to increased sales in combination herbal supplement products, less popular single-herb supplements, and the emerging popularity of superfruit products such as acai, goji, mangosteen, and noni.

Soy (Glycine max, Fabaceae) dietary supplements achieved the greatest sales of all single-herb supplement products in the FDM channel in both 2006 and 2007. In 2005, IRI reported that soy ranked as the 6th top-selling herbal dietary supplement in the FDM channel, with sales of $14,497,100.2 Soy sales rose dramatically over the next year, with sales almost doubling between 2005 and 2006. Although soy sales dropped by over 16% in 2007 from 2006, such sales were still sufficient for soy to maintain its number 1 rank among all herbal dietary supplement products in this category.

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon, Ericaceae) dietary supplement sales have experienced significant steady growth over the past few years. Sales of cranberry, which was ranked as the number 5 top-selling single herb dietary supplement in the FDM channel in 2005, increased by 21.5% from 2005 to 2006. Cranberry supplement sales have since increased by nearly 23.6% from 2006 to 2007, and cranberry has become the second highest selling single-herb dietary supplement in the FDM channel. As positive data continue to be released on the health benefits of cranberry, this supplement�s steady growth in sales may be poised to continue. In January of 2008, the Cochrane Collaboration released a systematic review of 10 randomized controlled trials, which concluded that cranberry products may prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in women.3 (For more on this review, read the article on page 28.)

Superfruit products, meanwhile, have experienced some of the greatest recent sales growth within the herbal supplement sector. Sales of acai (Euterpe oleracea, Arecaceae) products, for instance, increased by 86% in 2007 compared to 2006. The total 2007 sales figure for acai is estimated at $30,000,000, two-thirds of which is attributed to sales within the natural and health food channel, according to data from NBJ. Goji (Lyceum spp., Solanaceae) and mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana, Clusiaceae) juice products also experienced significant sales growth, primarily through the direct sales channel. Goji juice sales rose 50% in 2007 for a total estimated sales figure of $98,000,000, and mangosteen juice sales increased by 30% for a total estimated sales figure of $191,000,000. Sales of noni (Morinda citrifolia, Rubiaceae) juice, another popular superfruit liquid botanical product, rose 8% in 2007, earning an estimated sales total of $278,000,000.

Both single and combination herbal dietary supplements have experienced growth in sales in recent years, according to data from NBJ (see Table 4*). According to the most recent figures, sales of single-herb supplements (monopreparations) grew by 4.6% in 2007, while sales of combination-herb supplements grew by 3.9%. Mono-preparations have consistently remained the more popular products, pulling in almost twice as much in sales as combinations.

NBJ data further indicate that all market channels seem to have experienced growth in herbal dietary supplements in 2007 (see Table 5). NBJ�s 2007 data has estimated a total of $752,000,000 in herbal dietary supplement sales in the US mass market channel (which does include sales from Wal-Mart, club warehouses, and convenience stores), representing a 5.5% increase in sales from 2006. The larger natural and health food (e.g., GNC, Whole Foods Markets, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World, et al.) and direct sales (including MLM companies such as Herbalife, Nature�s Sunshine, Nutrilite, Shaklee, et al.) channels also demonstrated growth in 2007, at 2.9% and 5.0%, respectively.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Tanning And Cancer

If one were living in any of the colder regions of the world, the tell tale signs of having enjoyed a good vacation would be to wear a tan, acquired from hours of lazing in the sun, on some beach. Better still, is the idea of wearing a tan regularly by resorting to tanning under a tanning bed, under artificial conditions. While the latter form of tanning may look very authentic and satisfactory, it is a process of tanning that is fraught with the risk of cancer.

Thus, the debate on tanning and the risks of cancer has been raging as a debatable issue with strong contenders on both sides. Several studies have shown that tanning under a tanning bed can increase the risk of getting cancer. On the other hand studies have shown that tanning has helped reduce the risks of cancer by its controlled system that reduces the risk of sunburn.

The UV rays that tanning under lights creates stimulates the skin cells. The activated and stimulated skin cells produce more melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its natural color. Thus a tanning bed activates this principle under controlled conditions and the fashion industry has promoted this method, making it highly popular among Scandinavian women. That is why the effects of tanning and the risk of cancer have been extensively carried out among this category of women. The results have shown that among the women who regularly resorted to tanning, the risk of developing cancer had increased to 55%. In the same way a similar study carried out at Dartmouth concluded that the regular user of the tanning method was two and half times more likely to develop cancer.

The above studies as well as findings from independent sources had led the American Medical Association (AMA) to adopt a resolution calling for a total ban on tanning under light, so as to prevent the incidence of cancer from this source. But the US Federal Trade Commission (USFTC) was no twilling to go with them on this resolution and declined to institute such a ban. The contention of the USFTC was that the use and sale of tanning equipment for cosmetic purposes could be permitted as it had certain healthy benefits accruing from its use.

Supporting the argument put forth by the Federal Trade Commission lobby another organization, namely the Tanning Trends, contended that tanning on a tanning bed actually reduced the risk f developing skin cancer. Their argument was based on the fact that as the conditions of tanning were being done in a controlled environment the tanning process was completely regulated and there was no risk of getting sunburn in the process. In a natural condition, as on a beach the holiday maker for instance, had no control over the tanning process and if the sun was hot then there were chances of getting too much sunburn, in the bargain. Such exposure to sunburn ran the risk of getting cancer even more. Thus by getting a tanning done on a tanning bed, the cancer could actually be prevented altogether.

Tanning And Cancer
by Javier Fuller

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Benefits of Apricot Kernel Oil

World over people use massage therapy to help promote healthy skin, nourish and strengthen the body, relieve stress, reduce pain, and encourage balance and well being. Massage opens and increases the flow of energy, balancing the entire nervous system and helping to release physical and emotional disharmony. The many benefits of massage are enhanced by the use of high quality massage oil.

Apricot tree is the member of the rose family originating from Central and East Asia. The fruit, rich in vitamins is used to produce the pleasant smelling Apricot Kernel Oil. Apricot Kernel Oil is very mild natural oil, often used in baby products because of its fine gentle nature.

Apricot kernel oil is cold pressed and refined from the dried kernels of the apricot fruit. It is light in colour with pleasant nutty odor and used in manufacturer of creams, balms, lotions and cosmetics.

Sought out for its high vitamin E content and skin softening properties, apricot kernel oil is known for its ability to penetrate the skin without leaving an oily feel. Apricot kernel oil is also popular as massage oil and it used as carrier oil when used with essential oils for aromatherapy.

Rich in essential fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid, apricot kernel oil is high in vitamin A. Since it easily penetrates the skin, it is good oil for prematurely aged, dry or irritated skin. The excellent softening and moisturizing properties is great for face, hands and hair. Vitamins A & C are good for mature dry or sensitive skin. The apricot kernel oil helps skin retain elasticity, clarity, and suppleness. Crushed Apricot Kernels are commonly used as a facial mask to soften the skin.

In addition, Apricot Kernel Oil is used as an antitussive, anti-asthmatic and to treat tumors in traditional Chinese medicine. It helps to calm the inflammation / irritation of eczema and dermatitis. When combined with an equal amount of St. John's Wort Oil, it is acts as anti-inflammatory and has a cooling effect.

Due to its moisturizing, nourishing and revitalizing properties, apricot kernel oil is widely used for massage therapy.

Face Mask Formula - A soft paste made of 2 drops each of frankincense, rose and neroli oils, 6 tsp of apricot oil, 1 tsp clear melted honey and finely ground almond makes a good moisturizing face mask.

For nourished, soft and supple skin, rub apricot kernel oil on your body daily.

Acne Fusion - Pour 1 ounce of apricot kernel oil, 12 drops of lavender essential oil, 7 drops of tea tree essential oil and 1 drop of geranium essential oil in amber coloured clean bottle. Close it tightly and roll the bottle to mix the blend. Apply a small amount of this blend to the acne affected area.
Benefits of Apricot Kernel Oil
by Kevin Pederson

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Massage Oil For Dry Scalp

Dry scalp causes flaking, due to extreme dryness of the scalp it leads to dandruff. So, moisturizing a dry scalp can in turn solve many related problems.

Some common tips to be kept in mind

? Avoid applying hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp. This suffocates the hair follicles and also creates dryness of the scalp.

? Do not place the blow dryer directly on the scalp as it may burn the scalp as well as destroy the nutrients present in the hair.

? After swimming, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove the chlorine residue. Chlorine can cause huge damage to your hair and scalp.

? Avoid over-exposure of hair to sun and wind.

? Tight caps and hats should be a complete no-no because it hampers blood circulation, stripping the hair from proper nutrition.

? Have a healthy diet rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals.

- Massage

? A warm oil massage is very useful for your scalp. The frequency and the kind of massage helps moisturize your scalp. It keeps the scalp lubricated and conditioned. Massage improves blood circulation to the head and neck area. Improvedblood circulation removes the stress which in turn helps the scalp and hair. A good massage helps in providing sound sleep.

? Taking a hair massage with natural herbal oils it enhances the state of your dry scalp and hair. It makes your hair soft and smooth which can be handled easily. It relaxes the scalp making it soft and supple. It also strengthens the hair roots which promote growth of a stronger and better hair structure. It also relaxes the muscles in the neck area.

- Massage Oil

? You can either use almond oil or sesame oil to nourish your scalp which reduces stiffness and tightness in the scalp.

? You can also use sesame or olive oil as these have purifying properties which keep the pores open.

? Coconut oil massage is another cooling massage to prevent thinning and graying.

? Jasmine Oil helps in alleviating stress.

? Bhringaraj oil is also very nourishing for your hair.

? Amalaki oil prevents dry scalp and flakes. It nourishes and keeps your scalp cool.

? Rosemary and lavender stimulates the scalp for better and healthy growth of hair.

- How to Massage

? Fingers play an important part in massaging. Use your finger tips to apply oil on different parts of your scalp. Work the oil onto the scalp in a circular motion and cover the entire scalp. Slow and steady movements help in relaxing while vigorous movements enhances circulation and energy. Leave this oil overnight on your scalp. For conditioning you can wrap your hair with damp hot towel.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

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