Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Travel Safe - and Naturally

http://www.naturalhealingtools.com/first-aid-essentials.aspxUnless you are working on your kid's merit badge, it’s probably been awhile since you've thought about a first-aid kit. But it should be top of mind when you are preparing for 4th of July, because if there is a need it's the first thing someone will ask you for..... 

As a mom, I have to ask myself... Do we own such a thing? Did we leave it in the trunk without checking it? What condition is it even in?

So, long before getting out the suitcases, think about your first aid kit. You don’t have to buy those ready-made ones, though. Particularly if you've grown used to herbal and alternative remedies at home, you don't want to be forced to buy (expensive, middle of the night, nothing's even open) drug store products in a pinch. 

 
Fortunately, you can easily make your own kit. Here are some things you may want to consider putting into it. No matter what you add, it’s definitely worth it to take the time to put one together. In fact, consider creating a few—one for the car, one for the home, one for specific activities (hiking, beach, camping...), and maybe even for the office.
Oh, be prepared - and PRINT OFF any instructions for medications or home remedies you'll need for your family. Have a list of emergency phone numbers. Don't rely on just your cell phone - you may not have service, it may get lost or the battery may be dead! 

5 Essentials for Any Kit


The first thing you need it a kit or case to put everything in. What kind of case depends on whether you’re traveling by air or by road, and how many people are in your family. It can be made of anything you choose—just be sure that it will contain the items in case anything leaks, and that it’s sturdy enough to survive abuse.


Next, all kits need key medications for family members. If someone in the family is an asthmatic, for instance, you may want to include an extra inhaler. If someone has serious allergies, an Epi-pen and antihistamines may be a good idea.Make sure to pack your tools! Scissors, knife, tweezers, latex gloves, hand sanitizer, and handi wipes. Toss in emergency batteries, electrical tape and whistle. 
Add essentials for your specific destination. Have cold packs for aching feet. Colder climates consider space blankets, emergency candles, lighter/matches and hand warmers. Take along some rope.  Make sure to have bug specific repellant and bite remedies for your area of travel. 
TherAid Elastic Healing Bandage
Of course, don’t forget the bandages. Add a variety of sizes, such as finger-sized up to large, 2 x 4.5″ options. Include gauze and first-aid tape for wrapping wounds. 

Essentials for Your Natural Homemade Kit


Next, you’ll want to pack some of the natural essentials. These may include the following:
  • Arnica gel or cream: Excellent for sore muscles and bruises, but don’t apply to open wounds.
  • Aloe vera gel: It’s cooling and healing for all types of wounds, from burns to bites.
  • Echinacea: It helps you avoid colds and flus while on the road. Great when mixed with vitamin C.
  • Goldenseal: Perfect for applying to open wounds to keep them from getting infected. In tincture form, it’s good for warding off traveler’s diarrhea.
  • Tea tree oil: A powerful antiseptic, this oil can be used in many ways. Mix with propolis and apply to insect bites and rashes. Diluted in water, it’s perfect for disinfecting wounds. You can also use it as a mouthwash, as a gargle for sore throats, and to prevent fungal infections.
  • Lavender: This is the soothing herb. It can help soothe headaches (apply to temples), muscle pain, and bug bites, and is especially useful in encouraging relaxation.
  • Calendula: Another good one for healing wounds.
  • Witch hazel: Use this for cleaning out wounds and insect bites.
  • Ginger: Good for motion sickness and for soothing overall stomach upset.
  • Yarrow: Good for diarrhea, cramps, and other stomach upset. Can also stop bleeding when sprinkled on minor wounds.
  • Clove oil: This has a nice numbing activity that can work well on sore gums and teeth, and on skin irritations. Dilute in water first.
  • Citronella based insect repellant: Nothing ruins a trip like a bad insect bite. You can also use peppermint, lemongrass, and geranium to repel pests.
You may also want to include a basic water filter, in case you’re caught in a spot where access to fresh water is limited. Include water purification tablets. Camping filters are perfect. 

Other Options You May Want to Add
  • Chamomile tea: Promotes relaxation and relieves indigestion, and is great even for children.
  • Cramp bark: Helps soothe muscle cramps, particularly menstrual cramps.
  • Licorice tea: Perfect for sore throats, and can also ease constipation.
  • Superglue: May not be natural but can be used to close a wound in an emergency.
  • Baking Soda: Internally for stomach upset and externally for severe sunburn. 
  • Aspirin: 100% pure aspirin is actually natural. And, typically, the least expensive of the pain remedies. 
Many of these products are available at Natural Healing Tools in our First Aid section.  Safe travels! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

It Really is a SHUZI Summer!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Genuine Zechstein Magnesium

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http://www.naturalhealingtools.com/ancient-magnesium-minerals-gel.aspxUNMATCHED PURITY & QUALITY

What makes Genuine Zechstein® magnesium different from other magnesium products that are currently available? The answer is simple. The imposition of human influence, or as in the case of Genuine Zechstein magnesium —a total lack of it. Genuine Zechstein® magnesium is extracted from the ancient Zechstein Sea, some 1500 to 2000 meters deep in the interior of the earth where it has remained isolated from external forces for the past 250 million years, unexplored until now.

Genuine Zechstein® magnesium is in the highly coveted form of magnesium chloride, one of the most bio-available and easily assimilated magnesium compounds in both dietary and topical applications. Magnesium chloride has often been referred to as the "Master Magnesium Compound" due to its clinical efficacy in a wide range of therapeutic applications, but until now has only been available from less than desirable sources. The most easily attained source of magnesium chloride involves a natural process of salt water evaporation from large bodies of water such as the Pacific Ocean, the Great Salt Lake, and the Dead Sea. While this method can be produced with little effort, the finished product is only as good as the source, and unfortunately mankind's indiscriminate use of fossil fuels and synthetic chemicals has ensured that every body of water on this planet contains measurable levels of toxins. The second most abundant source of magnesium chloride is produced in a laboratory environment utilizing hydrochloric acid and magnesium hydroxide, where the artificially generated result is also subject to measurable levels of certain heavy metals such as lead and mercury. By comparison, Genuine Zechstein® magnesium is extracted in its 100% raw natural state, unmatched in purity and quality by any other known source on the planet.

Genuine Zechstein® magnesium is exclusive to the Ancient Minerals brand of topical magnesium products, including Ancient Minerals magnesium oil, Ancient Minerals magnesium gel, and Ancient Minerals magnesium bath flakes.

GENUINE ZECHSTEIN STANDARDS


From start to finish, the utmost care is given to the handling and production of the finished Genuine Zechstein® product in order to preserve the unsurpassed purity and ancient energy of this unique magnesium source. Each batch is produced under stringent GMP, ISO 9001, and ISO 14001 quality control standards, and is analyzed for a wide array of heavy metals and minerals for verification of purity. (Click here for a current certificate of analysis / origin.) The Genuine Zechstein® emblem is a mark of purity on every Ancient Minerals product, and is an assurance that you are receiving only the finest natural magnesium chloride in the world.

THE ORIGIN OF THE ZECHSTEIN SEA

Some 240-270 million years ago, the world looked quite different from the world we know now, and dinosaurs had yet to roam the earth. All continents were more or less grouped together as one large continent referred to as “Pangea” with its center at the equator. In its center a large inner sea (the Zechstein Sea) was situated, and was separated from the ocean by small strips of land. The Zechstein Sea was fed by rivers and ocean that flooded intermittently, which flushed salty water into the sea. Since the climate was warm and arid, evaporation equalled or exceeded the inflow thereby concentrating salts in the Zechstein Sea. This is comparable to the Dead Sea area nowadays, but on a much larger scale; the Zechstein Sea extended approximately from present-day Great Britain to Poland, and Denmark to the Netherlands.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

It's a Shuzi Summer!

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Natural Healing Tools is very excited with the new Shuzi products! Check it out but don't wait! The 20% coupon code (ShuziSummer) is only good through July 1st.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

You should be wearing Qlink this summer!

According to Wikipedia - the First Day of Summer (sumardagurinn fyrsti) is an annual public holiday in Iceland held on the first Thursday after 18 April. In former times, the Icelanders used the Old Norse calendar which divided the year into only two seasons, winter and summer. Although the climate in late April cannot be considered to be summer-like, after the long winter, Icelanders still celebrate this first day of "summer" with parades, sporting events and organized entertainment, held in various places around Iceland.

The actual 4 season summer solstice is today!   

Why you should be wearing Qlink this summer!

With Qlink pendant, your body’s biofield is restored and rebalanced from the effects of stress. Without doubt, this increases your alertness, awareness; supports clear thinking and focused on your golf game.  

How does Qlink support you on your daily activities?

Many of our clients who have used the Qlink pendant always praise it for its effectiveness and support on their daily activities. 

What are some of the notable effects?

  • Mental performance is increased
  • Immunity on cell phones, Electromagnetic Fields and computers is strengthened
  • Your energy levels are increased
  • Effects to stress are lessened

With all these benefits, you might think that the pendant has some electronic support or components. This is not the case, Qlink works with what is already in your body’s biofield. It enhances and resolves any problems in your biofield thus the multiple benefits! 

Qlink Technology

Many might view Qlink as a necklace with a beautiful pendant but a lot goes on! Qlink uses Sympathetic Resonant Technology (SRT) which is developed to optimize your energy system through resonance. As it interacts with your body’s biofield, it restores and rebalances your body according to your needs.  

The Design

The designers would have come up with any kind of design since this is more of a health product but they are well aware that your look matters. This is the reason we thought it wise to have this as a necklace pendant. 

The design is chic & sleek with a dual tone design. The pendant has 2 sides that are different and each of them gives a unique statement. 

It looks great on both men and women to suit any kind of attire you might be rocking. 

The pendant is fitted with net generation SRT-3 technology which is responsible for all the benefits that come with the Qlink. 

If you are thinking on going for golfing this summer, consider having the Qlink pendant as an item in your gear!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Perfect Storage for Vunerable Edibles


The sun emits visible and invisible light parts. The visible spectrum becomes discernible to our eyes when white light is channeled through a glass prism. At the same time though, light also contains a part which is invisible to our eyes and lies in the radius of electromagnetic wavelengths of infra red and UV-A.





Sunlight enables all plants to grow. If they continue to be exposed to the sun after reaching maturity, the effect of the light changes and accelerates the molecular decaying process. Natural Healing Tools Violet Glass works like a natural filter that only lets the sunlight that protects and improves the quality of premium and sensitive substances.


Natural Healing Tools Violet glass blocks the complete spectrum of visible light with the exception of the violet light wave. At the same time it allows a certain light spectrum part to be permeable for radiation in the spectral range of UV-A, and infra red light. This unique combination offers optimal protection against the aging processes that are released by visible light, thus lengthening durability and potency of products.

Products that benefit from Natural Healing Tools Violet glass include fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts, coffee and light sensitive cosmetics. 

Further confirmation of functionality comes from the science of biophonotics. Learn more about Biophonotics 

Natural Healing Tools Violet Glass is available in various sized Apothecary Jars, or Water Bottles.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Humans are Designed to Squat

Whether you’re already a believer in the benefits of squatting to eliminate, or you’ve stumbled onto this site as your first introduction to the whole concept, here’s the low-down on why squatting to poop is in your best interest and why using the Squatty Potty® is the most convenient and effective way to improve your bathroom posture.

Health professionals know the benefits of squatting to eliminate

Medical doctors, naturopaths, and assorted holistic health professionals have pointed out the hazards of the modern toilet for years. There is empirical evidence that elevating your feet during elimination is healthier.

The modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault; it requires us to sit. While sitting to do our business may be considered “civilized”, studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. Better elimination may decrease many modern day ailments including bloating, straining, hemorrhoids and constipation.

understand the problem

Primary (simple) constipation is a consequence of habitual bowel elimination on common toilet seats. A considerable proportion of the population with normal bowel movement frequency has difficulty emptying their bowels, the principal cause of which is the obstructive nature of the recto-anal angle and its association with the sitting posture normally used in defecation.

fix the problem

The alignment of the anorectal angle associated with squatting permits smooth bowel elimination. This prevents excessive straining with the potential for resultant damage to the recto-anal region and, possibly, to the colon and other organs. There is no evidence that habitual bowel elimination at a given time each day contributes considerably to the final act of rectal emptying. The natural behavior to empty the bowels in response to a strong defecation reflex alleviates bowel emptying by means of the recto anal inhibitory reflex.

The only natural defecation posture for a human being is squatting


5 problems with sitting on your toilet

1. constipation

5 Problems constipation The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines constipation as having fewer than three bowel movements per seven days. According to the NIH about four million Americans suffer from constipation. Are you one of these people? Do you know someone who is?

One of the biggest obstacles to your success may be not realizing you’re constipated in the first place. The bowel is the body’s main elimination organ, yet amongst many Americans today, this central elimination system is compromised, as evidenced by high rates of constipation. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 4-10 million Americans have chronic constipation (defined as having a bowel movement less than three times per week), and as many as 63 million people are suffering at any time from occasional constipation.
Squatty Potty® toilet stools create healthy toilet posture to relieve and prevent constipation in the following ways:
  • In the squatting position, gravity does most of the work. The weight of the torso presses against the thighs and naturally compresses the colon. Gentle pressure from the diaphragm supplements the force of gravity.
  • Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten and the bowel to empty completely.
  • Squatting lifts the sigmoid colon to unlock the "kink" at the entrance to the rectum. This kink also helps prevent incontinence, by taking some of the pressure off the puborectalis muscle.
  • The colon is equipped with an inlet valve (the ileocecal valve) and an outlet valve (the puborectalis muscle). Squatting simultaneously closes the inlet valve, to keep the small intestine clean, and opens the outlet valve, to allow wastes to pass freely. The sitting position defeats the purpose of both valves, making elimination difficult and incomplete, and soiling the small intestine.

2. hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids (HEM-uh-roids) are swollen and inflamed veins in your anus and lower rectum. When we’re standing or sitting the bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. We thank our lucky stars for this muscle when we don’t want to go but when we need to go, and sit on our toilet to do it - it sure makes elimination difficult and incomplete, creating the need to STRAIN.

By age 50, about half of adults have had to deal with the itching, discomfort and bleeding that can signal the presence of hemorrhoids. The veins around your anus tend to stretch under pressure and may bulge or swell. Swollen veins — hemorrhoids — can develop from an increase in pressure in the lower rectum.

The good news about hemorrhoids…

Hemorrhoids can heal without relapse when the squat posture is adopted for bowel movements.

3. colon disease

Eliminating completely and often helps maintain good colon health. Many studies point to fecal buildup in the colon as a cause of diseases including colon cancer. And when there is buildup in the colon, our bodies can’t absorb all the nutrients from the food we eat, leaving us without the energy we could enjoy if our colons were healthy.

4. urinary difficulty/infections

Urinary flow is usually stronger and easier when women squat to urinate. The bladder is emptied more completely when squatting rather than sitting or “hovering”. Squatting can help reduce episodes of urinary tract infections in both frequency and intensity. Now, that is good news!

5. pelvic floor issues

A 2008 study by Kaiser Permanente published in Obstetrics & Gynecology found that one-third of women suffer from one or more pelvic floor disorders. In addition, aging, obesity, and childbirth increase the likelihood of experiencing these issues. Although pelvic floor disorders are more common in women, men also suffer from similar symptoms; the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reports that nearly one in every five men ages 60 and older experience incontinence.

A network of ligaments, muscles and connective tissues, the pelvic floor acts as a “hammock” to support the pelvic organs, including the bladder and rectum – and in women, the uterus and vagina. Pelvic floor disorders, also called pelvic floor dysfunction, occur in both men and women when muscles and nerves in this area become damaged or weakened, causing the pelvic organs to prolapse (drop), which can lead to symptoms such as constipation and fecal and urinary incontinence.

“Most pelvic floor disorders are tied to the de-evolution of our normal evolutionary biology,” said Dr. Jack Kruse, optimal health coach and Nashville, Tenn.-based neurosurgeon specializing in treating chronic pain, neck pain and back pain. “By correcting our bathroom posture, the Squatty Potty can be a huge help to people suffering from these health problems. Not only is the Squatty Potty aesthetically pleasing, but it also makes a tremendous amount of sense with how we should eliminate.”

Friday, June 10, 2016

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An Essential Contribution

At Natural Healing Tools, we are always looking for the best in health! This article underscores the absolute necessity of Omega-3's in our diet. Whole foods are best but if you are seeking quality supplements - check out the Yes EFA supplement created from Dr. Peskin's research. It's is vegan - plant based from Flax Seed. 

(Harvard School of Public Health) The human body can make most of the types of fats it needs from other fats or raw materials. That isn’t the case for omega-3 fatty acids (also called omega-3 fats and n-3 fats). These are essential fats—the body can’t make them from scratch but must get them from food. Foods high in Omega-3 include fish, vegetable oils, nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds, flaxseed oil, and leafy vegetables.

What makes omega-3 fats special? They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions.

Omega-3 fats are a key family of polyunsaturated fats. There are three main omega-3s:
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) come mainly from fish, so they are sometimes called marine omega-3s.
  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the most common omega-3 fatty acid in most Western diets, is found in vegetable oils and nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds and flaxseed oil, leafy vegetables, and some animal fat, especially in grass-fed animals. The human body generally uses ALA for energy, and conversion into EPA and DHA is very limited.
The strongest evidence for a beneficial effect of omega-3 fats has to do with heart disease. These fats appear to help the heart beat at a steady clip and not veer into a dangerous or potentially fatal erratic rhythm. (1) Such arrhythmias cause most of the 500,000-plus cardiac deaths that occur each year in the United States. Omega-3 fats also lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve blood vessel function, and, at higher doses, lower triglycerides and may ease inflammation, which plays a role in the development of atherosclerosis. (1)
Several large trials have evaluated the effect of fish or fish oils on heart disease. In the Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell’Infarto Miocardio (known as the GISSI Prevention Trial), heart attack survivors who took a 1-gram capsule of omega-3 fats every day for three years were less likely to have a repeat heart attack, stroke, or die of sudden death than those who took a placebo. (2) Notably, the risk of sudden cardiac death was reduced by about 50 percent. In the more recent Japan EPA Lipid Intervention Study (JELIS), participants who took EPA plus a cholesterol-lowering statin were less likely to have a major coronary event (sudden cardiac death, fatal or nonfatal heart attack, unstable angina, or a procedure to open or bypass a narrowed or blocked coronary artery) than those who took a statin alone. (3)

Most Americans take in far more of another essential fat—omega-6 fats—than they do omega-3 fats. Some experts have raised the hypothesis that this higher intake of omega-6 fats could pose problems, cardiovascular and otherwise, but this has not been supported by evidence in humans. (4) In the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, for example, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats wasn’t linked with risk of heart disease because both of these were beneficial. (5) Many other studies and trials in humans also support cardiovascular benefits of omega-6 fats. Although there is no question that many Americans could benefit from increasing their intake of omega-3 fats, there is evidence that omega-6 fats also positively influence cardiovascular risk factors and reduce heart disease.

Researchers are taking a hard look at a different sort of balance, this one between possible effects of marine and plant omega-3 fats on prostate cancer. Results from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and others show that men whose diets are rich in EPA and DHA (mainly from fish and seafood) are less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than those with low intake of EPA and DHA. (6) At the same time, some-but not all-studies show an increase in prostate cancer and advanced prostate cancer among men with high intakes of ALA (mainly from supplements). However, this effect is inconsistent. In the very large Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial, for example, there was no link between ALA intake and early, late, or advanced prostate cancer. (7)

Recipes for health

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Here’s a delicious way to get your omega-3s: Try Pan Roasted Salmon with Minty Snap Peas.

Given the wide-ranging importance and benefits of marine omega-3 fatty acids, it is important to eat fish or other seafood one to two times per week, particularly fatty (dark meat) fish that are richer in EPA and DHA. This is especially important for women who are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant and nursing mothers. From the third trimester until the second year of life, a developing child needs a steady supply of DHA to form the brain and other parts of the nervous system. Many women shy away from eating fish because of concerns that mercury and other possible contaminants might harm their babies, (9) yet the evidence for harm from lack of omega-3 fats is far more consistent, and a balance of benefit vs. risk is easily obtained. (To learn more about the controversy over contaminants in fatty fish, read Fish: Friend or Foe.)

References

1. Leaf A. Prevention of sudden cardiac death by n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. J Cardiovasc Med. (Hagerstown). 2007; 8 Suppl 1:S27-29.
2. Dietary supplementation with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E after myocardial infarction: results of the GISSI-Prevenzione trial. Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell’Infarto miocardico. Lancet. 1999; 354:447-55.
3. Yokoyama M, Origasa H, Matsuzaki M, et al. Effects of eicosapentaenoic acid on major coronary events in hypercholesterolaemic patients (JELIS): a randomised open-label, blinded endpoint analysis. Lancet. 2007; 369:1090-98.
4. Willett WC. The role of dietary n-6 fatty acids in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. J Cardiovasc Med. (Hagerstown). 2007; 8 Suppl 1:S42-5.
5. Mozaffarian D, Ascherio A, Hu FB, et al. Interplay between different polyunsaturated fatty acids and risk of coronary heart disease in men. Circulation. 2005; 111:157-64.
6. Leitzmann MF, Stampfer MJ, Michaud DS, et al. Dietary intake of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids and the risk of prostate cancer. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004; 80:204-16.
7. Koralek DO, Peters U, Andriole G, et al. A prospective study of dietary alpha-linolenic acid and the risk of prostate cancer (United States). Cancer Causes Control. 2006; 17:783-91.
8. Eilander A, Hundscheid DC, Osendarp SJ, Transler C, Zock PL. Effects of n-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on visual and cognitive development throughout childhood: a review of human studies. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2007; 76:189-203.
9. Oken E, Kleinman KP, Berland WE, Simon SR, Rich-Edwards JW, Gillman MW. Decline in fish consumption among pregnant women after a national mercury advisory. Obstet Gynecol. 2003; 102:346-51.