Natural remedies for SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder

Holding the most appropriate acronym, seasonal affective disorder — SAD for short — is a form of depression that starts to creep up around the beginning of the rainy or cold season and tends to stick until the weather becomes warm again.

People who suffer from this medical condition generally experience a decline in their mood, a lack of interest in daily activities and difficulty getting out of bed. Other symptoms include fatigue, irritability, anxiety, carb cravings, and weight gain.

It is important to understand a bit more about the mood disorder and what triggers it before knowing the best natural remedies for this discombobulation.

Why do people get SAD?

It is believed that SAD occurs as a response to fewer daylight hours and a lack of sunlight, affecting people most during the rainy season or between January and February for Northern hemisphere dwellers.

Studies show that the condition is more common in women than men, affecting those aged between 18 and 30.

Melatonin is the hormone that the body produces when it gets dark. Its role is to induce sleepiness for a good night rest. So, if the rainy season or winter brings more hours of darkness, it can lead to increased production of melatonin.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (brain chemical) that puts people in a good mood. Consi­dering reduced sunlight can cause serotonin levels to fall, it is no surprise that people feel down in the dumps during rainy and cold months.

Natural remedies

Exposure to sunlight (or simply daylight) is thought to increase the brain release of serotonin, which can boost the mood and help in feeling calm and focused.

To keep the serotonin levels up and keep the melatonin levels balanced, try to spend enough time outside during the colder months.

Aim to get around 10 to 20 minutes of midday sunlight, several times per week every day if possible. Exposure time should depend on how sensitive the skin is to sunlight. To explain, those with darker skin tones may need a bit more time outside.

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5 Home Remedies for a Dry Cough

Many may not know that cough­ing can help clear ir­ri­tants and in­fec­tions from the body, but when it per­sists, a dry cough can de­vel­op and be­come quite an­noy­ing. Some of you are prob­a­bly try­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs for your cough, while some may be in­ter­est­ed in a more nat­ur­al rem­e­dy. If you’re plan­ning on us­ing nat­ur­al reme­dies, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that herbs and sup­ple­ments can af­fect med­ica­tions and cause un­want­ed side ef­fects. If a cough per­sists for a few weeks then you should seek med­ical ad­vice.

Here are a few nat­ur­al reme­dies that you can try to kick that stub­born cough.

Hon­ey and lemon

This com­bi­na­tion has been a time-ho­n­oured way to soothe a sore throat. If Granny ever heard you were ill, she’d pull out the tea­spoon and give you a dose. Re­cent re­search has shown that hon­ey is the main star of the show for this nat­ur­al rem­e­dy, as this sim­ple in­gre­di­ent is enough to soothe a stub­born cough. Stud­ies have shown that hon­ey can be just as ef­fec­tive as the com­mon cough sup­pres­sant dex­tromethor­phan, giv­ing us a nat­ur­al way to get rid of flu symp­toms.

Ze­bapique

Be­fore there was mod­ern med­i­cine, there were Grannies, and bet your bot­tom dol­lar, they had a go-to rem­e­dy for every­thing. Ze­bapique, com­mon­ly used in Trinidad and To­ba­go, is ex­treme­ly bit­ter (and gross) but is said to have a num­ber of health ben­e­fits. To help with your cough, it is sug­gest­ed that you boil a few dried leaves and sip it slow­ly to en­sure there are no side ef­fects. An­oth­er way to use it is to soak the ze­bapique in pun­cheon for a few days. Trinida­di­ans say that this rem­e­dy can bring up mu­cus and get the cold out in­stant­ly.

Gin­ger

Gin­ger is an ef­fec­tive rem­e­dy for in­fec­tion and ir­ri­ta­tion. Con­ven­tion­al cough med­i­cines can make you feel drowsy, lethar­gic and may be too strong for some peo­ple, so gin­ger tea may be a lighter al­ter­na­tive.

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Dry Skin on the Face? The Causes and Remedies to Treat It

Some people are more prone than others to dry skin on the face. Gentle treatments and home remedies can relieve dry facial skin and prevent it from coming back.

People may experience dry skin on their face as a result of many factors, including changes in temperature or humidity, using soaps with harsh chemicals, and skin conditions, such as eczema.

In most cases, people can get rid of dry skin using home remedies and over-the-counter (OTC) treatments.

What causes it?

A person can moisturize daily to treat dry skin on their face. The skin naturally produces an oil called sebum. When the skin produces too much oil, this can lead to pimples. However, having some sebum on the skin is important for keeping it hydrated and protecting the cells from infection.

Skin that is not creating or replenishing enough sebum can become dry.

Dry skin can be itchy, and it may look flaky and bumpy or have red patches. Dehydrated skin lacks water and appears dull or rough.

1. Moisturize daily

Moisturizers, ointments, and creams improve the skin’s natural barrier function, which promotes water retention.

Moisturizing overnight can provide extra benefits. A person can apply moisturizer to their face before bed and wash it off with a gentle cleanser in the morning.

2. Use a gentle cleanser

Soaps that contain fragrances, colors, and other chemicals can irritate and dry out the skin. It is generally better to opt for mild, fragrance-free cleansers or facial soaps and to avoid products that contain alcohols, artificial colors, and plastics.

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8 Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain

When tummy troubles flare, it can be tough to know the best course of action for relief. Though you may reach for an over-the-counter medication as a matter of course to quell stomach pain, many common drugstore meds can come with drawbacks.

Still, how do you know which foods, oils, or supplements to trust? A number of folk remedies supposedly relieve stomach pain, but before you spend your money, it’s best to determine what’s based on evidence.

1. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint has more to offer than flavoring Christmas candy canes. It can actually serve as a powerful analgesic. “The volatile oils and compounds like menthol that give peppermint its wonderful aroma relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract while increasing the flow of bile from the gallbladder, helping your body to more effectively digest fatty foods,” says Dr. Low Dog.

2. Licorice Root

First peppermint, and now licorice? We’re sensing a candy theme here. There’s a catch, though: Medicinal licorice root bears little similarity to the chewy sticks you remember from your trick-or-treating hauls. Known by its scientific name Glycyrrhiza glabra, licorice root is actually a legume that grows in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

3. Ginger

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you may have discovered the power of tucking a few ginger chews into your purse to combat unexpected bouts of morning sickness. Ginger has been recognized since ancient times for its calming effects on the stomach, and more recent studies verify its ability to combat nausea and vomiting. When these complaints accompany stomach pain, try making a ginger tea by steeping a chunk of fresh ginger in hot water.

4. Chamomile Tea

“Anti-inflammatory” is a popular buzzword these days when it comes to diet. As it turns out, anti-inflammatory foods aren’t just good for your heart and brain; they can help your stomach too. One such anti-inflammatory is chamomile tea.

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Note to Parents: Most ‘Home Remedies’ for Children’s Colds Don’t Work

Vitamin C tablets or regular hand-washing?

And is echinacea a better cold treatment than a tall glass of water?

Your answer matters.

More than half of parents may be using non-evidence–based methods of helping prevent or treat their children’s colds, a new survey from the University of Michigan suggests.

Those methods included vitamin C supplements, echinacea, supplements marketed as “immune system boosters,” and zinc, among others, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health shows.

What Parents Are Doing Right

Colds are viruses, so the main way to prevent them is to prevent kids from coming into direct contact with the virus.

That means staying away from mucus droplets spread through the air from someone coughing or sneezing, or from playing with toys, or touching door handles, countertops, and other objects that may have the cold virus on them.

The Mott poll reports 99 percent of parents polled said that encouraging good hygiene was an important way to help prevent their children from catching a cold.

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Home Remedies To Ease A Hangover

A hangover can leave someone with fatigue, nausea, and muscle aches. People swear by certain hangover cures, but do home remedies really help?

Home hangover cures aim to treat these symptoms. There is no specific food, drink, or magic pill to cure a hangover, though certain remedies can ease the symptoms in some people.

1. Medication
2. Drinking plenty of water
3. Eating breakfast
4. Antioxidants
5. Drinking coffee or tea

Some people may even have a genetic disposition for worse hangovers than others.

Scientists have to rely on people’s self-reported hangover symptoms, which may vary between people and depend on day-to-day factors, and these are very difficult to control scientifically.

The lack of research has left room for a wide range of myths to develop the best ways to cure a hangover, most of which rely on anecdotal evidence.

There is currently no such thing as a cure for hangovers. Certain home remedies can help people manage some hangover symptoms, including taking anti-inflammatories or antacids, eating a nutritious breakfast, rehydrating, and eating foods that are rich in antioxidants.

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AIDP Exclusive Distributor in North America for Natural Remedies

City of Industry, CA—Natural Remedies announced in a press release that AIDP is now its exclusive distributor in North America for Natural Remedies’ entire product portfolio.

Natural Remedies specializes in scientifically based botanical extracts and Ayurvedic products, including Turmacin, Gutgard, AP-Bio, Ocibest, and Bacopa-E.

Anurag Agarwal, the CEO and managing director of Natural Remedies, said in the release, “Staying true to our core value of ‘Being Useful,’ we see this strategic alliance with AIDP as an important step to further enhance our presence in North America, thereby benefiting a larger population of consumers to experience the uniqueness of our products for their overall health and wellness.”

Mark Thurston, president of AIDP, added, “We have been searching for a long-term partnership in a supply of Ayurvedic extracts ensuring that our customers get high-quality, fully traceable, scientifically researched ingredients, and Natural Remedies, with its broad portfolio of products, is a perfect fit for us.

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How To Treat Your Winter Cold Using Natural Remedies

The cold, dryness and increased time spent indoors in close proximity to one another during the winter often leads to more cases of the common cold. If you have the sniffles, you may want to turn to your kitchen cabinet before your medicine cabinet.

“For the common cold, which is vital for the vast majority of people suffering, antibiotics are not effective,” according to Dr. Amy Rothenberg, ND, former trustee for the board of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and 2017 Naturopathic Physician of the Year.

“A lot of what we do as naturopaths when we look at remedies to stuff is how can we support your immune function to do its job,” says Dr. Elizabeth R. Yori, ND, president of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Some of the best ways to promote immune health are the simplest: Wash your hands, reduce your intake of refined sugar, and make sure you are getting enough sleep.

Vitamin D is also a helpful supplement for immune function during the winter, especially in northern areas, where sunshine, the main purveyor of vitamin D, is scarce. Supplements in the form of drops or capsules will help absorb the fat-soluble vitamin. Yori recommends getting tested for a vitamin D deficiency before taking supplements, and to use caution. “Don’t use it all year round,” she says. “Only use it seasonally.”

Other natural remedies do not use herbs. “One of the best ones is people using a hot footbath,” Rothenberg says. “It helps to draw congestion and inflammation away from the head and helps blood flow a little bit faster through the body, past lymph nodes where white blood cells are seated,” Rothenberg says.

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Natural Remedies To Soothe Your Child’s Sunburn

If you find yourself in a secluded area by the beach where your child has endured unfortunate sunburn, then maybe consider using some household items for relief.

According to an article featured in Parents magazine, these may include some conventional breakfast items that you never would have thought to have healing properties.

Ice: Ice can be tricky as applying it to the skin directly can result in further damage. Instead use an ice pack or frozen veggies, wrapped in a soft cloth and hold against the affected area.

Take a cooling bath: Applying cool, not cold, water to the skin can be very satisfying and may relieve some pain. Be sure not to use soapy products.

Aloe vera gel: Aloe vera gel has various healing properties and it may be useful to keep a jar of this amazing product in your home. The cooling gel that comes from the aloe vera plant moisturizes the skin and speeds up the healing process.

Honey: This lovely, natural, sweet treat also has various healing properties. Natural honey is said to be more effective than some antibiotic creams for speeding up healing, reducing infection and minimizing pain. Keep honey away from babies under one year, though.

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What Is The Best Remedy For Sinus Drainage?

The sinuses are always draining mucus down the back of the throat and into the stomach. Some health issues can make this drainage more noticeable, and even painful or annoying. There are many home remedies, including essential oils, steam therapy, and nasal irrigation.

Natural remedies for sinus drainage

If sinus drainage is irritating, but not severe, home remedies can usually relieve the discomfort.

Treating underlying causes, by eliminating contact with allergens, for example, can also improve symptoms and prevent them from returning.

Essential oils

Aromatherapy can offer temporary relief when sinus drainage causes congestion and pressure.

Steam therapy

Thickened mucus often causes irritating sinus drainage. Steam can thin the mucus, allowing it to flow more easily, and help relieve coughing, pressure, and difficulty breathing.

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