Herbs that Heal
We all vaguely know that herbs
have healthy-eating properties but do you know which herbs are good
for which ailment?
Foxglove - This give us digitalis,
an extremely powerful medicine used in the treatment of heart disease.
Thyme - Herbs which contain
fragrant oils are particularly recognized as having anti-ageing
properties. They are said to increase levels of linolenic acid enabling
significant rejuvenation of the body's cells including skin cells.
Basil - Reputedly good for headaches,
basil is also high in calcium, iron and beta carotene.
- Long since used for medicinal purposes, garlic has a long list of
health benefits. It helps to regulate blood fats is useful for high
blood pressure and is known to reduce heart disease chances. It has
anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents and can help prevent stomach upsets
and attacks of colds and flu.
Horseradish - Most useful for its
antibiotic qualities and is particularly effective at clearing catarrh.
Horseradish has also been effective in treating liver complaints.
Ginger - Good for thinning the blood
and lowering cholesterol levels. May also be used to control nausea,
travel sickness and morning sickness, and is also used in Japan as an
produce often gets a bad press
because of its fat content but it's important to remember
that milk; hard cheese and yoghurt are major sources of calcium
in the diet.
According to the Milk Marketing Board a pint of milk daily
would meet the calcium needs of almost all groups of the population.
They recommend that adolescents and breastfeeding mothers
may need 1 ½ pints and that less fatty milks, such as skimmed,
do not compromise the calcium efficiency.
you know that your medication could give you a rash?
Drug-rashes are quite common in sensitive people and can appear
even after the first use of the medication but may also only occur
after several doses have been taken. Most rashes of this kind
are flat, red and spread over the body and in most cases are extremely
itchy. Whilst drug rashes usually disappear within a day or two
of stopping the drug, medication should be stopped immediately
if there is any facial swelling or breathing difficulties that
accompany the rash and a doctors opinion sought. Many painkilling
drugs produce itching without a rash (often codeine based painkillers)
but this is usually short-lived and will wear off as the medication
Many people describe themselves
as 'colour blind' but in actual fact they are
probably just no expert in distinguishing various shades of colour.
True colour blindness is a constant confusion between two very differing
colours, e.g. red and blue and is an inherited condition in most
cases. Eight per cent of males are affected whilst only 0.4 per
cent of females have the condition. Damage to the back of the eye
or its nerves can also cause the condition. Although it is widely
thought that colour blind people have the most difficulty in distinguishing
red from green, it is actually the colours purple and grey which
almost all colour blind people have difficulty with.
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