Disclaimer: This section offers readers information and opinions only about various products, and is not to be used as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis or treatment. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.

Fenugreek:  This is a herbal cure for skin inflammation. Research has shown that fenugreek is an effective topical treatment for skin problems such as abscesses, boils, burns, eczema, and gout. Therefore, a simple skin inflammation remedy is the following:

Take a spoonful of fenugreek seeds and grind them into a powder.

Mix the ground powder with warm water.

Take a simple piece of clean cloth and soak it into the mixture.

Apply the soaked cloth directly onto the affected skin as a poultice.

Tea tree essential oil:  Add to hot water as a compress for drawing boils and abscesses. Use every 2 hrs.  NB Do not use tea tree oil internally as it is extremely toxicNB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):   An effective home remedy for acid reflux, apple cider vinegar works like magic!  The beauty of using ACV to treat heartburn is that it not only gives you quick relief, it is said to give long term (permanent) relief.  What apple cider vinegar does is improve and build up the acid content in your gut by stimulating stomach acid production.  ACV also helps to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria (lactobacillus) which is crucial for treating and curing heartburn.

Coconut oil:  Coconut oil is a very powerful bacterial and fungicide killer.  The biggest benefit for heartburn sufferers is the fact that it fills you up much quicker, so you naturally eat less.  One of the most common problems of people who suffer from acid reflux and heartburn is that they just eat way too much food!  And the bigger your meals are the more chance you have of improper digestion (indigestion) because your stomach acid simply cannot break down fast enough all of the food you have eaten.  The result of this ‘indigestion’ is of course acid reflux and heartburn. 

Fenugreek:  Fenugreek seeds contain a lot of mucilage, which helps to sooth gastrointestinal inflammation by coating the lining of the stomach and intestine. Therefore, for an effective remedy against heartburn or acid reflux, simply sprinkle 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds onto your food.  Another option is to take one teaspoon of seeds and swallow them with water or juice before any meal.

Ginger:  Millions suffering from heartburn and indigestion might be saving a pretty penny if they gave ginger tea a try.  Place about half a teaspoonful of ground ginger into a mug of hot water.  Stir the ginger tea and cover the mug with a small plate.  Let the tea steep for about 10 minutes, then drink.  NB Do not use if pregnant.

Turmeric:  Turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory and therefore it helps to keep stomach acid from getting out of control.  It has been shown to soothe heartburn as well as general stomach upset.

Cacao (raw) powder:  Cacao can prevent premature aging.  Polyphenol antioxidants found in cacao belong to the same group of antioxidants found in green tea and red wine.  These anthocyanins (found in dark colored fruits) and catechins (found in green tea) protect our cells from premature oxidation or destruction and can keep us looking and feeling younger longer.
 

Goji Berries:  They are high in anti-oxidants which minimize the damage from free radicals which injure cells and damage DNA.  They have compounds rich in Vitamin A that may have anti-aging effects.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa provides an abundance of all-natural anti-aging nutrients and minerals.  NB Do not use if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Wrinkles and Skin Aging

Almond OilAlmond Oil is said to help soften the wrinkles that form around the eyes and mouth if a small amount of it is gently massaged into the problem areas once or twice a day.

Aloe Vera Juice:  Aloe Vera can add a rich supply of building materials to produce and maintain healthy skin.  Using the nutritional building blocks of aloe vera, the skin can utilize these nutrients daily to help combat the effects of aging!  A daily dose of Aloe Vera juice can be just what your skin is thirsting for.

Cocoa Butter:  This is a great source of antioxidants, which help combat free radicals and help save your skin from the inevitable signs of aging. 

Evening Primrose oil capsules:  Evening Primrose oil helps with skin aging.  Since primrose oil has high concentrations of antioxidants, it aids in fighting free radicals.  Primrose oil thus revitalizes the skin cells making it look fresh and healthy.  Since primrose oil also helps in adding moisture to the skin and promoting healthy maintenance of collagen, it improves skin elasticity and prevents premature sagging as well as wrinkles and fine lines.

Geranium essential oil:  Mix 10 drops of geranium essential oil in your bath water to protect your skin from age spots and sagging.  Geranium essential oil offers skin anti-oxidant protection which steers off free radicals from attacking healthy skin cells and degenerating them.  It also promotes skin cell renewal and proper blood circulation.  Since it is a natural astringent, it firms skin causing it to look youthful.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Rosehip seed oil:  Rosehip seed oil is known as the best oil (carrier or massage oil) for anti-aging remedies.  It can remove age spots or the black spots on your face too.  It is rich in Vitamin A which rejuvenates your skin.  What is more important, though, for pigmentation (from which you get black spots) is the presence of Vitamin C in this oil.  Rosehip oil is also an excellent emollient and moisturizer which gives you soft, smooth, and hydrated skin.

Shea butter:  Shea butter will help reduce wrinkles and signs of aging.  It not only moisturizes your skin but also provides valuable nutrients that your skin needs to repair and heal itself.

Coconut Oil:  Coconut oil kills bacteria, making it a natural antibiotic without the negative side effects.  Because of this, it also helps defend against viruses like HIV.

Garlic capsules:  Garlic is a natural antibiotic and will help your body’s defense system to fight disease.  NB Garlic contains sulphur so use with caution if you are allergic to sulphur.

Nativa Lifegain Meal Replacement:  Lifegain is a potent nutritional shake to assist people to recover after illness or disease interventions and it supports general, physical well-being.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  This plant is an immunity-stimulant and is prescribed for HIV afflicted patients.  Moringa leaves contain powerful antioxidants that can help prevent or delay some of the worst complications arising from AIDS.  Take one teaspoon of the powder three times a day mixed into food or porridge.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Spirulina:  Drugs such as AZT used to treat HIV and AIDS patients can actually cause the symptoms they are supposed to cure.  However, spirulina has been shown to help inactivate the human immunodeficiency virus associated with HIV and AIDS.  It is a well known immune booster.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  If you are prone to allergies and sinus infections, your system may better balance itself with a daily dose of ACV.

Dates:  One of the most interesting facts about dates is the presence of organic sulfur in them. This is not a very common element to find in foods, but it does have a worthwhile amount of health benefits, including the reduction of allergic reactions and seasonal allergies.  Dates are a great way to somewhat stem the effects of those seasonal allergies through its contributions of sulfur to the diet.

Ginger:   This acts as an antihistamine and hence is useful in dealing with allergies.  NB Do not use if pregnant.

Honey (raw):  Raw honey contains bee pollen, which is known to ward off infections, allergies, and boost immunity. NB Use with caution if you are allergic to bees.

Spirulina:  Spirulina is a freshwater algae which occurs naturally in the highly alkaline volcanic lakes of Africa and Mexico.  According to one study, patients treated with spirulina reported relief of symptoms commonly associated with allergic rhinitis, such as nasal discharge and congestion, sneezing and itching, when given spirulina.

Tea Tree essential oil:  Add a few drops to a basin of boiling water and inhale to combat hayfever.  NB Do not use tea tree oil internally as it is extremely toxic.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Over acidity, which can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems is very common today.  A healthy body maintains adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands.  When excess acids must be neutralized our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition.  A pH balanced diet, according to many experts, is a vital key to health maintenance.

Alfalfa seeds:  Alfalfa is the King of Seeds when it comes to sprouting.  The sprouts are extremely alkaline and rich in enzymes.

Almonds:  Almonds are the most alkaline of all nuts. 

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  It is suggested that apple cider vinegar has such curative abilities because it causes one's pH levels to become more alkaline or, in the case of too much alkalinity, more acidic.

Barley Grass powder:  The body’s acid-alkaline balance is very important to our overall health.  Barley grass is full of natural ionic minerals that help to keep the acid-alkaline balance in check.

Himalayan Crystal Salt:  This helps to balance the body’s pH levels.  This means that it helps to remove acidic toxins from the body, the result being that the body’s pH levels become more normal and slightly alkaline.

Millet:  Millet is the only grain that is alkaline. 

Pumpkin seeds:  Research shows that pumpkin seeds can help to alkalize the body.

Superfoods Green Shake:  This green smoothie mix is the perfect way to build alkalinity and get more green foods into your diet.  Potent, concentrated and alkalizing, this formulation includes: baobab, green grasses, hemp seed protein, moringa and spirulina. 

Wheat grass powder:  Wheat grass has a high alkalizing effect, which helps to restore the balance between acidity and alkalinity in the body.  When your body’s pH levels are balanced, you will begin to notice an increase in energy, stamina and less need for sleep.

Dates:  Dates have a high mineral content which is beneficial for many different health conditions, but their impressive levels of iron make them a perfect dietary supplement for people suffering from anemia.  The high level of iron balances out the inherent lack of iron in anemic patients, increasing energy and strength, while decreasing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa leaf powder is a good source of iron.  Use one teaspoon in your porridge or vegetables three times a day.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Nature’s Choice Iron Plus powder:  Take one teaspoon per day with meals. Mix with a 1/3 cup of juice. 

Aloe Vera Juice:  Aloe Vera Juice has twelve natural substances that have been shown to inhibit inflammation without side effects.  Consuming its juice for about fifteen days helps reduce inflammation in the body like rheumatism, inflammation of ears and eyes and arthritis.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  The anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar work to soothe the effects of sunburned skin when added to a bath.  It can also help internal inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract when added to salads or taken diluted with water.

Chamomile and Peppermint Tea:  Chamomile and peppermint tea both contain some potent anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties.

Flaxseed/Linseed oil:  The main health benefits of flax seed are due to its rich content of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), dietary fiber, and lignans.  The essential fatty acid ALA is a powerful anti-inflammatory, decreasing the production of agents that promote inflammation.

Ginger:  Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols.  These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.  NB Do not use ginger if you pregnant.

Grape seed extract:  Contains resveratrol, a natural antioxidant with anti-inflammatory activity. 

Licorice root powder:  This possesses anti-inflammatory properties

Mustard SeedMustard seeds are rich in a nutrient called selenium, known for its high anti-inflammatory effects.

Omega 3 Fatty acids (fish):  It is well known that a diet rich in omega-3 fish oil reduces the body's overall burden of inflammation.  Essential fatty acids are also found in flaxseed/linseed oil.

Pumpkin seedsPumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects.  One animal study even found it worked as well as the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in treating arthritis, but without the side effects.

Turmeric:  This is prescribed to relieve inflammation caused by rheumatism and arthritis, muscle sprains, swelling and pain caused by injuries or surgery. 

 

 

Antioxidants slow down disease processes and the aging process by stopping the free radicals that are generated from the environment, poor food choices, smoking, stress, excessive exercise, too much sun exposure, and more.  Free radicals injure cells and damage DNA, which can then cause the cell to grow abnormally, which leads to illness and disease.

Almonds:  The antioxidants in almonds help control blood sugar after meals, protect against diabetes and heart disease and raise levels of HDL cholesterol while lowering LDL.  They are also filled with monounsaturated fats that can reduce your risk of heart disease even more.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Apple cider vinegar contains beta-carotene, which according to some research possesses antioxidant properties that counteract damage caused by free radicals and that boost your immune system.

Cacao (raw) powder:  The Incas considered it the drink of gods.  Cacao is the second highest antioxidant food in the world (second only to blue-green algae).

Chia seeds:  Chia seeds are high in antioxidants which protect the sensitive fats in the seeds from going rancid.

Coconut Oil:  This protects against free-radical formation and damage.  NB Not all people react well to an initial high dosage of coconut oil, so start off by taking a small amount at first eg a teaspoon, before increasing the dose.

Garlic capsules:  Some studies have also shown that garlic can have a powerful antioxidant effect.  NB Garlic contains sulphur so use with caution if you are allergic to sulphur.

Grape seed extract:  Contains resveratrol, a natural antioxidant with anti-inflammatory activity. 

Green Tea:  Green tea is high in antioxidants, which protect cells from the damage and inflammation that lead to many chronic diseases, including heart disease.

Goji Berries:  These are one of the highest antioxidant berries you can find on the planet.  They are also called “Wolfberries” and come from Asia.  In places like China, Mongolia and the Himalayas they have been consumed and used as a medicine for thousands of years.  Goji berries contain high quantities of super anti-oxidants like beta carotene and zeaxanthin.

Honey (raw, unprocessed):  Honey has anti-oxidant qualities that aid in healing.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa is loaded with anti-oxidants which help to fight free radicals which cause disease in the body.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Turmeric:  Turmeric’s active ingredient is curcumin, an anti-oxidant compound that protects the body’s cells from damage caused by molecules known as free radicals.  Curcumin has far fewer side effects than commonly used over-the-counter pain relievers.

Cayenne Pepper:  There is some evidence that eating hot pepper increases metabolism and the appetite.  Add a few shakes of cayenne pepper to potato salad, deviled eggs, chilli, and other hot dishes such as stews and soups.

Fennel:   Fennel is known for both for relieving stomach upset and for boosting the appetite.

Ginger: Ginger can get your digestive juices going and increase your appetite. NB Do not use ginger if you are pregnant.

Peppermint tea:  Peppermint is a herb that works wonders on appetite.  Make a cup of peppermint tea and enjoy any time you do not feel like eating.

African mango extract caps:  African Mango stimulates the hormone leptin, which moderates your appetite so you feel hungry less often, and fuller for longer after eating.

Chia seeds:  When immersed in liquid, chia seeds form a gelThe gel that is formed around the seed with the help of water has no calories and makes you feel fuller for longer.

Garcinia cambogia extract:  This has been used for centuries in Indian and South Asian medicine to achieve natural appetite suppression.

Green Coffee:  Green coffee bean extract is known to be a powerful appetite suppressant. 

Fibre:  Fibre not only takes up extra space in your stomach, but it continues to make you feel fuller for longer.  There are two types of fibre: Insoluble and soluble.  Soluble fibre, when ingested and mixed with water, forms a gel like substance and swells in your stomach keeping you full.  Examples of soluble fibre that we sell are psyllium husks and oat bran, barley grass powder and wheat grass powder. 

Oil (Coconut Oil and Flaxseed Oil):  We should try to include as much flaxseed oil and coconut oil in our meals as often as possible.  It is said that coconut oil is the most important out of these two.  It is composed of 66% medium chain fatty acids which help in the process of excess calorie burning and weight loss while keeping you fuller for longer.

Skinny Teatox (Leptin):  Combines a unique blend of all natural ingredients that cleanse the organs, boost metabolism and suppress appetite. 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  This is claimed to be quite effective in reducing joint pain and inflammation.  The accumulation of acid crystals in the joints is considered to be an important contributory factor for arthritis.  Apple cider vinegar can dissolve these acid crystals, and reduce the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.  It can be applied topically on the inflamed joint to ease the pain and discomfort, or it can be taken internally along with honey to get better results.  Raw cider vinegar is highly acidic, and so must be diluted before ingesting.  You can add 1 or 2 teaspoons of ACV to a glass of water and drink the mixture before a meal.

Cayenne Pepper:  You can make a cayenne pepper ointment which will keep the area warm.  Mix 500g Vaseline with 3 tablespoons Cayenne pepper powder.  Mix well until smooth.  Use twice daily on the area. NB Be careful when using on broken skin.

Dates:  The significant amounts of minerals found in dates make it a super food for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating diseases like osteoporosis.  Dates contain selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all of which are integral to healthy bone development and strength, particularly as people begin to age and their bones gradually weaken. 

Evening Primrose oil capsules:  The essential fatty acids in evening primrose oil are a powerful anti-inflammatory. 

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa is said to assist with joint pain.  NB Do not use if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane):  A natural source of suphur which supports joint health and helps relieve joint pain, possibly by reducing inflammation. 

Omega 3 essential fatty acid:  Fish oil is a good source of omega 3 essential fatty acids required for the maintenance of good health.  Fish oil supports joint function and helps to reduce joint pain by lubricating the joints and acting as an anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric:  Turmeric is prescribed to relieve inflammation caused by rheumatism and arthritis, muscle sprains, swelling and pain caused by injuries or surgery. 

Vitamins & Minerals:  Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Omega 3 are all useful for arthritis.  Vitamin C increases the secretion of uric acid.  Omega 3 is a joint lubricant and Vitamin E is an antioxidant.

Omega 3 essential fatty acid:   A recent laboratory study examined the therapeutic potential of marine oil in treating asthma patients.  A daily dose of 400mg polyunsaturated fatty acids; 72mg EPA and 48mg DHA over three weeks significantly reduced airway inflammation and broncho-constriction.

Tea Tree essential oil:  Put a few drops in a basin of boiling water and inhale.  NB Do not use tea tree oil internally as it is extremely toxic.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Turmeric:  Curcumin, the primary active compound in turmeric root powder, has been reported to inhibit histamine release from mast cells.  Histamine is also known to increase inflammation and cause constriction of smooth muscles in some people with asthma, which is why it's not surprising that turmeric is also considered one of the best foods for fighting asthma.   In addition to offering potential health benefits for asthma sufferers, turmeric may be beneficial for anyone with an allergy-related condition.  Much of the anti-histamine and anti-allergenic power of turmeric has been attributed to the strong antioxidant properties of this superfood.

Tea Tree essential oil:  This has anti-fungal properties.  Use three times a day mixed with Vaseline as an ointment.   NB Do not use tea tree oil internally as it is extremely toxicNB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Lower your blood pressure

Calcium:  A lack of calcium in the body can cause high blood pressure.  The main theory is that calcium prevents the body’s pH level from falling into an acidic state, and instead, keeps it alkaline.  High blood pressure cannot occur where the body is alkaline.  Taking calcium along with garlic over a period of fourteen days will show you whether this is the problem.  Take one clove of garlic and one tablet of calcium (600mg) twice a day with food.  NB Garlic contains sulphur so use with caution if you are allergic to sulphur.

Garlic (and Garlic extract capsules):  Some research shows that garlic can reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure by as much as 7% or 8%.  NB Garlic contains sulphur so use with caution if you are allergic to sulphur.

Lupin Bean or ‘Miracle Bean’:  Some people claim that this improves blood pressure.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa helps to maintain healthier blood pressure levels within a normal range.  NB Do not use if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Stevia:  This is a natural sweetener which is 300x as sweet as sugar.  Stevia has been shown, in some studies, to lower blood pressure.  This makes it an ideal sweetener for people with high blood pressure.

Wheatgrass powder:   Wheatgrass intake helps lower blood pressure by increasing red blood cell count.
 

Coconut Oil:  May be used as a deodorant.  Coconut oil is an excellent natural deodorant containing lauric acid which eliminates odour-causing bacteria.  Coconut oil is a natural deodorant without all the toxins found in most deodorants on the market, which are hazardous to our health.

 ALZHEIMER’S/MEMORY

Cacao (raw) powder:  Flavanol-rich cacao increases cerebral blood flow to the brain, suggesting treatment of dementia and strokes, more mental energy, less mental fatigue, fewer "senior moments."  Research has shown that the more cacao consumed, the better performance on tests of mental acuity, memory.

Coconut Oil:  For some people, coconut oil has proven to slow the progression of Alzheimer's and may have even prevented it.  The ketones found in coconut oil provide a fuel to the brain that is thought to be very beneficial to those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.  NB Not all people react well to an initial high dosage of coconut oil, so start off by taking a small amount at first eg a teaspoon, before increasing the dose.

Ginkgo biloba:  Ginkgo biloba is a herbal remedy that has been used for memory enhancement in the East for thousands of years.  Research has shown that it improves short term and age-related memory loss, slow thinking, depression and circulation, and improves blood flow to the brain. 

Ginseng:  Known as the ‘mind tonic’ ginseng is one of the most widely used and researched energy-promoting herbs, and there is no doubt that it works in this context.

Glutamine:  Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the fluid surrounding the brain.   It can be used directly as fuel for the brain and has been shown to enhance mood and mental performance.  Supplementing with glutamine can help promote memory and concentration. 

Goji Berries:  Some research shows that goji berries may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Fenugreek:  Fenugreek contains choline which studies show may help to slow mental aging.

Omega 3 essential fatty acid fish oil capsules:  Although no one knows what causes Alzheimer's disease, many research studies indicate that those who regularly eat fatty fish or who supplement with fish oil have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.  Omega 3 Fatty Acids are known to improve mental function, mood, memory and concentration.  Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer's, although research does indicate that Omega 3 fatty acids can slow down the ageing of the brain and possibly delay the onset, as well as slow down the progress of Alzheimer's too.

Rosemary essential oil:  Specifically, smelling rosemary essential oil helps memory recall and performance on tests.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Turmeric:  Research notes that elderly people living in India where Turmeric is consumed in high quantities experienced a far lower rate of Alzheimer’s disease than people in the Western world.  Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and helps block the plaques and proteins that can cause brain disease.

Vitamin B:  There are three B vitamins that need special mention in relation to memory.  Niacin, or Vitamin B3 is particularly good for memory enhancement.  Pantothenic acid or Vitamin B5 is essential for the brain to make acetylcholine, and is also essential for the formation of steroid hormones, including the stress hormone cortisol, so it is particularly important for people under stress.  Vitamin B12 is also very important for the health of brain cells.  (See Food Sources for Vitamins, Minerals, Fibre, Omegas)

Zinc:  Zinc is another brain-friendly nutrient thought to be involved in memory.  Deficiencies of zinc are well known to lead to an inability to recall dreams.  Seeds and seed foods are rich in zinc.  (See Food Sources for Vitamins, Minerals, Fibre, Omegas)

BRAIN TRAUMA

Omega 3 essential fatty acids (fish oil):  A lot of research shows that omega 3 fish oil is critical to brain health and it is suggested that it may even help to heal and restore brain function after a traumatic brain injury.  Omega-3 fats, which help fight inflammation throughout your body, also helps quell inflammation in your brain. After a traumatic injury, the brain inflammation that occurs can continue for long periods of time unless there is a second response that turns it off.  Fish oil, it appears, can help do just that when given in sufficiently high doses. 

CONCENTRATION/FOCUS 

Chickpeas:  These pulses contain magnesium which, like potassium, speeds up the message transmission between brain cells and relaxes blood vessels.  This helps to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.  

CinnamonCinnamon’s scent can boost memory in a task.  Some research suggests that merely smelling cinnamon can improve memory.

Flaxseed (Linseed):  Like a few of the foods listed already, flax seeds are high in magnesium, B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and fibre, all of which aid with mental clarity, weight loss, and ultimately, focus.  Flax is no doubt a Super Food.  Just make sure you grind them after you buy them (so your body can digest them).

Goji Berries:  These are believed to help cure fatigue.  The berries contain powerful anti-oxidants, rich in carotenoids including beta-carotene.

Omega 3 essential fatty acid fish oil capsules:  Fatty/oily fish contains omega-3 fatty acids which aid memory, mental performance and behavioral function.  People who are deficient in omega 3’s are more likely to have poor memory, mood swings, depression and fatigue.   Fish has also been proven to improve your concentration and mood. 

Pumpkin seeds:  Eating a handful each day will provide you with the recommended daily level of zinc which helps increase concentration.

Rosemary essential oil:  Inhaling this is known to increase focus and concentration.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Nativa Turbovite range:  Consists of capsules, sachets and syrups to help concentration and focus whilst studying and at work.

SERATONIN BOOSTERS

Seratonin is a naturally occurring chemical in the brain thought to affect mood and contribute towards feelings of well-being and happiness.

Cacao (raw) powder:   The Incas considered it the drink of gods.  It is virtually the only food in the world that helps our brain produce more “feel-good hormones”. It contains Phenethylamine (this increases dopamine production), Tryptophan (increases serotonin production), and Anandamide (known as the “Bliss Chemical” and this is usually released when we are in love or after physical exercise).  Consuming raw cacao makes you feel great!

 

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  For sunburn: Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.

Honey:  Honey has been renowned for its wound-healing properties since ancient times.  Its success is due largely to honey's natural antibiotic qualities which prevent bacteria from growing.  When applied over a wound, it also acts as a barrier that prevents contamination from entering.  Honey also has antioxidant qualities that aid in healing.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  Prepare a warm soak by adding one part apple cider vinegar to three parts water.  Gently soak your hands or feet in this preparation for 10–15 mins.

Coconut Oil:  Combine one tablespoon of coconut oil to one tablespoon of pure honey.  Rub onto affected area.

Aloe Vera JuiceIt has been suggested that there is a substance within the leaves of the aloe vera plant that actually seeks out and kills the cancer cells within our body.  Aloe vera will also naturally boost your body's own immune system.  This is a critical component when undergoing Chemotherapy and when trying to fight cancer.  Aloe vera can assist in stimulating your body’s white blood cells and T-cells which seek out and destroy cancer cells as our bodies own defense mechanism.

Apricot Kernals:  These contain selenium which is thought to be anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancerous)

Brazil Nuts:  These have a very high selenium content which aids in protection against breast and prostate cancer, as well as other forms of cancer.

Cacao (raw) powder:  The Incas considered it the drink of gods.  Research shows that antioxidants such as those found in cacao might interfere with the development of cancer.  Raw cacao is one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants on the planet!

Chamomile tea:  Three types of herbal tea have stood out for their anti-cancer potential, but out of the varieties (chamomile, sage, and mountain teas), chamomile took center stage, outshining the other two in terms of cancer prevention.  Drinking chamomile tea may help to reduce thyroid cancer risk by up to 80%.  It is likely that naturally occurring flavonoids, such as apigenin, are responsible for some of chamomile’s anti-cancer effects.  Apigenin, which is found in chamomile as well as in celery, parsley, fruits, and other vegetables and herbs, slows cancer growth and helps to shrink cancerous tumors.

Cellfood range:  Cellfood is a nutritional supplement whose purpose is to optimize health by increasing oxygen in the body and fighting free radicals.  Some cancer patients have used Cellfood to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy, particularly hair loss, nausea and weight loss.

Coconut Oil:  Coconut oil is anti-carcinogenic and has antimicrobial properties which effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system.  NB Not all people react well to an initial high dosage of coconut oil, so start off by taking a small amount at first eg a teaspoon, before increasing the dose.

Essiac formula:  Essiac is a herbal tea promoted as an alternative treatment for cancer and other illnesses.

Flaxseed Oil:  (combined with organic low fat cottage cheese, known as The Budwig Diet):  This diet was originally proposed by Dr. Johanna Budwig, a German biochemist and expert on fats and oils.

Garlic capsules:  Garlic capsules are enriched with garlic extracts which contain allyl sulfur compounds and other constituents which possess anti-cancerous properties.  These anti-cancerous compounds tame the actions of free radicals which are responsible for inducing cancer affected cell lines.  These anti-cancerous compounds also demolish the cancerous cells.

NB Garlic contains sulphur so use with caution if you are allergic to sulphur.

Goji Berries:  They are high in anti-oxidants which boosts the immune system.

Magnesium:  Your diet is one of, if not the, most powerful ally you have to help reduce your cancer risk.  Countless natural compounds in a variety of whole foods and spices have anti-cancer properties, which is why eating a varied diet is so important.  Among the latest research is a study that found the consumption of magnesium-rich foods in particular may be a cancer-prevention strategy worth considering.  Nuts and seeds like almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds are all excellent sources of magnesium.

Turmeric:  Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.  Its active ingredient is curcumin, an anti-oxidant compound that protects the body’s cells from damage caused by molecules known as free radicals.  Studies indicate that curcumin extract may inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells. 

 

Candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion, when in proper levels in the body.  When it overproduces, the typical candida symptoms may appear, such as exhaustion, bad breath, loss of concentration, hormone imbalance, sugar cravings, digestive problems, eczema and yeast infections such as thrush.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida (yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans).

Probiotics:  Probiotics are an effective part of Candida treatment because they reintroduce helpful bacteria into your gut. These bacteria create large, healthy colonies that crowd out the Candida yeast, regulate your stomach acidity and boost your immune system.

Spirulina:  Spirulina is a freshwater algae which occurs naturally in the highly alkaline volcanic lakes of Africa and Mexico.  Spirulina has been shown to encourage and support the growth of healthy bacterial flora in your gut, which can help keep candida overgrowth under control.

ORAL THRUSH

Tea tree essential oil:  Mix the following together to make a mouthwash:  10 drops of tea tree oil and 10 ml of warm water.  NB This must NOT be swallowed as this is toxic.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Tea tree oil:  Mix the following to make a mouthwash:  10 drops of tea tree oil and 10 ml of warm water.  NB This must NOT be swallowed as this is toxic.

Tea tree essential oil:  Mix with Vaseline to make an ointment and use on spots three times a day.  Or, use a few drops in a cup of warm water.  This can help the itching and also help to dry out the spots.  NB Tea tree oil must not be taken internally as it is extremely toxic.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Lower your cholesterol

Apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  The presence of pectin in apple cider vinegar helps reduce bad cholesterol in the body.  Some individuals exhibit an allergy to pectin and should therefore avoid apple cider vinegar.

Goji Berries:  They are high in anti-oxidants which lowers cholesterol.

Grape seed extract:  The key to the cholesterol lowering effect lies in a chemical known as resveratrol that the grape produces naturally to fight off fungal disease.  This helps to strengthen the arteries

Green Tea:  This is high in antioxidants.  One of the antioxidant families found in Green Tea known as the catechins appears to decrease the absorption of cholesterol.

Flaxseed:  This is high in fibre.  This fibre is probably mainly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effects of flax.

Peanut Oil:  Peanut oil is high in monounsaturated “good” fat, and low in saturated “bad” fat, which is believed to lower cholesterol.

Quinoa Grain:  Quinoa contains almost twice as much fibre as most other grains and thus lowers cholesterol.

Rice Milk Powder:  This is cholesterol free.

Sesame Seeds:  Sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin.  Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibres called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  Yes, it tastes awful, but if you are sick enough, you won’t taste it anyway.  Drink a tablespoon in water (gargle first) at the first sign of illness and repeat hourly until symptoms disappear.  This alkalizes the body and helps kill viruses and bacteria.

Cinnamon:  Cinnamon is an effective antiviral and antibiotic.  When sick, mix 1 tablespoon with 1 teaspoon of honey and stir to make a spicy and very effective tea that helps relieve cough and congestion and lower fever.

Coconut Oil:  Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil in hot tea for a speedy recovery from colds and flu).  NB Not all people react well to an initial high dosage of coconut oil, so start off by taking a smallamount at first eg a teaspoon, before increasing the dose.

Garlic Capsules:  Garlic is a broad spectrum antibiotic with powerful antibacterial properties.  It is sometimes said to help treat the symptoms of colds and flu, however it is best seen as a preventative.  The use of garlic against colds and flu seems to be most effective when taken before the infection is caught, or immediately the symptoms begin to show.  NB Garlic contains sulphur so use with caution if you are allergic to sulphur.

Ginger:  Ginger helps improve the immune system.  Ginger is one of the oldest cures for colds, nausea and flu as it has anti-viral and anti fungal properties.  It cures colds, providing instant relief and also kills the bacteria that causes colds and ensures that it does not return. NB Do not use if pregnant.

Tea Tree essential oil:  A few drops in your bath water will lessen the symptoms of colds and flu.   NB Tea tree oil must not be used internally as it is extremely toxic. NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Vitamin C:  Vitamin C is an antioxidant and an essential aspect of a healthy and working body.  It helps ensure the health and maintenance of your tendons, bones, and skin, and it also helps your immune system deal with damaging substances in the body.  Make sure you are getting enough in your diet by eating plenty of foods high in Vitamin C.

Cayenne pepper:  If you can find a way to incorporate a tablespoon of cayenne pepper into your meals, you will enjoy 3.82mg of Vitamin C in your diet or 6% of the daily recommended value for adults. 

Cranberries (dried):  These are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants.

Goji berries:  Goji berries are a very rich source of Vitamin C.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa contains 7x the amount of Vitamin C found in oranges.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

 

L-Lysine:  An essential amino acid that helps to reduce recurrence of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection eg cold sores.

Tea Tree essential oil:  Use mixed with Vaseline as an ointment and use three times a day.  NB Tea tree oil must not be used internally as it is extremely toxic. NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Most of the time a sore throat is nothing serious—and if caught early enough a common sense remedy like ACV can save you hours of time wasted at the doctor's office.  At the first sign of a sore throat mix ¼ cup ACV with ¼ cup of filtered water.  Gargle with this solution for at least 30 seconds.  Rinse with water.  Repeat several times.

Ginger:  This powerful herb, which originated in India, is an effective remedy for infection and irritation.  Ginger is a natural analgesic (pain killer) that can soothe the scratchy pain and irritation of a sore throat.  The tickle of inflammation is often what stimulates coughing.  Drink a ginger infusion to soothe your throat and lung tissues, support your immune system and remove mucus.  Mix half a teaspoon of dry ginger powder into one cup of hot water.  Add honey and lemon if desired.  Drink the infusion several times a day until your symptoms resolve.  NB Do not use ginger if you are pregnant.

Honey:  Honey offers a completely natural alternative to soothe a throat raw from coughing.

Jasmine essential oil: For coughs, especially the lingering kind, use 3-5 drops in steam inhalation.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Licorice Root powder:  Gives respiratory support and thus helps to soothe minor sore throats & cough.  A general medicinal dose is 1-2 cups of licorice tea a day.  1/2 to 1 tsp. of licorice root or powder is infused to 1 cup of boiling water, to make a tea.

Slippery Elm:  Slippery elm bark contains mucilage, a thick substance that becomes a gel when combined with water.  This gel is said to coat the throat, soothe soreness, reduce irritation of the mucous membranes and prevent coughing.

Turmeric:  A traditional remedy that most people swear by is the use of hot milk with turmeric.  Heat a glass of milk, mix in half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and drink warm to find relief from cough.  A turmeric gargle also gives good results.  To one cup of hot water, add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and half a teaspoon table salt.  Use this liquid as a throat gargle and you are sure to experience relief from a cough.

Colon Cleanse (Powdered psyllium husk):  This acts as a gentle laxative.  NB It is important to drink a lot of water during the day when using psyllium husk.

Colon Night Tea (Leptin):  Colon Night tea is used to purify the body from the inside out, cleansing the organs and boosting metabolism.  It cleans the digestive system of any toxins caused by pollution, harsh chemicals and processed foods.

Psyllium husk:  This is very high in fibre and will give your body a gentle clean out.  NB It is important to drink a lot of water during the day when using psyllium husk.

Skinny Teatox (Leptin):  Combines a unique blend of all natural ingredients that cleanse the organs.  Skinny Teatox does not have a laxative effect – you can drink as many cups as you like! For a 36 day Detox Plan, drink Skinny Teatox every morning and drink the Colon Night Tea every second night, for a period of 36 days.

Super Bowel Flush:  A combination of senna leaf herb and psyllium husk fibre. 

Weight Loss Dried Plums (Leptin):  Dried plums help bowel movement, and perform internal cleansing by excreting toxins and faeces.  Therefore, you may find yourself visiting the toilet more often after the plums become part of your daily diet. 

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which can slow down starch digestion, consequently lowering glucose levels in the bloodstream.  It slows the rise of blood sugar levels after you have eaten a meal, and lowers morning blood sugar levels.

Coconut Oil:   Individuals with diabetes can help keep their insulin in control with a dose of coconut oil.  NB Not all people react well to an initial high dosage of coconut oil, so start off by taking a small amount at first eg a teaspoon, before increasing the dose.

Chamomile tea:  Chamomile tea may be a particularly good choice for diabetics, as one study showed that it leads to a significant decrease in blood glucose levels.

Cinnamon:  Researchers have found that cinnamon appears to contain a compound that greatly increases the effectiveness of insulin.  Many diabetics say that they have seen a definite improvement in their condition by using half a teaspoonful of it a day

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa helps to maintain healthier blood sugar levels within a normal range.  Add dried moringa powder to your porridge or cooked vegetables three times a day.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Pumpkin seeds:  Animal studies suggest that pumpkin seeds may help improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress.

We also sell a range of sugar free products which includes sweets, biscuits, chocolate mousse, hot chocolate and sugar alternatives/sweeteners such as Xylitol and Stevia. 

Coconut oil:  This highly saturated fat gives all day energy.  Try adding a couple of teaspoons to your black filter coffee in the morning, with one teaspoon of butter.  Blend it up and it is surprisingly good!

Coconut Oil and Chia Seeds:  Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all day energy boost.  NB do not take this at night!NB Not all people react well to an initial high dosage of coconut oil, so start off by taking a small amount at first eg a teaspoon, before increasing the dose.

Dates:  Dates are high in natural sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose.  Therefore, they are the perfect snack for an immediate burst of energy.  Many people around the world use dates for a quick afternoon snack when they are feeling lethargic or sluggish.

Maca root powder:  Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form.  Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called ‘Peruvian ginseng’.  Legend has it that Incan warriors used to eat Maca before going into battle – they believed it gave them invincible strength and stamina.  And truth be told, it probably did!  Within days of using maca your energy levels may increase.  Many athletes take maca for peak performance.  If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost!

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  A nutrition booster and a non-sugar based energizer.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Nativa Turbovite Range:  Consists of sachets, effervescent tablets, tablets, syrup and chewable sweets

Oats (rolled):  Oats are an excellent energy food.  The starch is easily absorbed and is particularly good for active children and people who do physical work.

Vitamin B Complex tablets:  These are the equivalent to the Vitamin B Injection given at the doctor and are a good, every day energy booster.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a vitamin and antioxidant that is associated with healthy eyes.  A diet rich in Vitamin A can prevent nighttime blindness, eye inflammation, and dry eyes.

Goji Berries:  The Asian fruit is a great source of beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A by the liver.  Beta-carotene helps to improve vision in dim lighting, preventing cataracts and maintains cell growth.  They are also high in zeaxanthin, a compound that absorbs blue light and helps protect the eyes. 

Moringa: Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  This contains 4x the amount of Vitamin A found in carrots.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Multi-vitamin Powder (Natures Choice):  This contains 4500 iu of Vitamin A.

Vit A, D and E (Natures Choice):  This contains 4500 iu of Vitamin A.

Macular Degeneration

Vitamins and Minerals:  Research shows that a combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper reduce the risk of late-stage macular degeneration by 25%.   Further research shows that a combination of lutein and zeaxanthin with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc and copper further reduce the risk.

Dark Circles under eyes

Chamomile teabags:  Chamomile, a famous herbal treatment for dark circles beneath the eyes, makes the situation better by means of tightening the blood vessels beneath the eyes.  How to use:  Wet two chamomile teabags, cool them inside the freezer for approx. 5 mins then put them beneath your eyes.  Let the teabags sit for about 5 mins before throwing them away.

Evening Primrose Oil capsulesAnother property of primrose oil is curing blemishes.  The oil is rich in essential fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties and help the skin in reducing redness and itchiness thereby providing relief from blemishes.  Dark circles under the eyes are probably the most common skin issue faced by a huge number of individuals.  Though there can be many causes for such skin condition, for example, excessive exposure to the sun, hyper-pigmentation, stress and anxiety, primrose oil may help in providing an even toned skin texture by slowly fading the uneven dark under eye areas. 

Bags under eyes/Puffy eyes

Almond oil:  If you are suffering from puffy, under eye dark circles, a daily almond oil massage before you hit the bed can help you get rid of those baggy eyes. 

Coconut oil:  Massaging with pure natural oils like coconut oil is significantly useful. Massage on the specific area of the body helps to tighten the muscle.  Again this must be done during bedtime so that the oil is allowed to seep into the affected area.

Herbal teabags:  Soak herbal teabags in warm water and let them sit on your eyes for 10-15 minutes.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Apple cider vinegar is a common skin fungus treatment and may be used for internal treatment as well.

Coconut oil:  Contains lauric acid which possesses strong anti-fungal properties.

Garlic (fresh or capsules):  Garlic has strong anti-fungal properties. 

Tea tree essential oil:  Use pure tea tree oil and rub a drop into the area every couple of hours.  For children you must dilute it a little with sunflower oil.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

 

“All disease begins in the gut.”  Hippocrates

Gut health is the cornerstone to our overall health.  Cutting edge research reveals that there is no separation between the gut and the immune system, the two work hand in hand.  Furthermore, an unhealthy gut and compromised immune system contributes to a wide range of diseases including depression, auto-immune conditions, chronic fatigue, arthritis, skin problems and many more. 

BLOATING & FLATULENCE

Activated Charcoal (Detoxinol):  If your gas is really bad and smelly then taking activated charcoal tablets or powder will help with this.  Charcoal not only absorbs excess air in the digestive tract, it absorbs the toxins that cause the foul smell.  The best way to take activated charcoal is before meals, on an empty stomach.  This way, you can prevent gas and bloating problems before they start.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  ACV is one of nature’s “cure all” medicines.  It is a very potent cleanser and eliminator, as well as being one of the best foods for digestion.  You will get almost instant relief from indigestion and gas by mixing up a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of warm to hot water.  Slowly sip for best results.  NB  Always dilute ACV before use.

Caraway:  Caraway seeds help tremendously with indigestion, cramping, bloating and stomach gas.  Add a teaspoon of caraway seeds to a cup of boiling water and let sit for 10 minutes.  Strain the seeds and then drink right before you eat for best results.  Alternatively, you can also chew on the cooked seeds or add them to your food.

CinnamonThe good thing about cinnamon is that it gives you instant relief from gas problems.  Simply warm up a cup of whey or soy milk and add half a teaspoon of cinnamon, along with some honey.  Let it sit for 5 minutes then reheat and slowly drink.  You will find that this remedy will not just stop your flatulence, it will also help to prevent further occurrences in the future.

Coconut Oil:  Kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut.  NB Not all people react well to an initial high dosage of coconut oil, so start off by taking a small amount at first eg a teaspoon, before increasing the dose.

Fennel:  Fennel is incredibly effective and also starts working very quickly.  Simply chew slowly on a small amount of fennel seeds or put them in a cup of boiled, hot water for 3-5 minutes and then slowly drink.  You should be “gas free” within 5-10 minutes.

Ginger:  Ginger helps to stop gas from forming inside the stomach, rather than actually treating gas problems after you have them.  So if you want to keep flatulence away chew on a fresh piece of ginger after you have eaten or add some fresh ginger to your food.  Alternatively, you can make a ginger tea by grinding up some ginger and adding it to a cup of boiling water.  Leave for 10 minutes, then reheat as hot as you can handle it then slowly sip.  Drink 3 times a day for best results. NB  Do not use ginger if you are pregnant.

Peppermint tea:  Drink two or three times a day.

Probiotics:  Taking a good quality probiotic supplement everyday is the standard “must do” for digestive health.  New research has found that probiotics not only help to prevent a whole range of diseases, they keep your bowel in tip-top working order.  This is extremely important as a correct working bowel gets rid of the waste quickly and stops the build-up of foul smelling gas and stools.

CONSTIPATION

Aloe Vera Juice:  Aloe vera juice encourages the bowels to move and helps with elimination if a person is constipated.  Take a teaspoon of aloe vera juice three times a day.  It is bitter so mix it with a little honey which will also help constipation.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  May help improve bowel irregularity and helps to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate.

Barley grass powder:  Very high in fibre.

Colon Cleanse:  This consists of powdered psyllium husks which are very high in fibre.  Mixed with water, this is a gentle laxative which can be used every day for the rest of your life if need be.  NB Always drink plenty of water throughout the day when taking psyllium husk.

Colon Night tea (Leptin):  A herbal tea which, taken every two days in the evening, will help to empty the bowels the next morning. 

Dates:  Dates are often categorized as a laxative food.  This is why dates are so frequently eaten by people suffering from constipation.  In order to achieve the desired laxative effect of dates, you should soak them in water over night.  Then, eat the soaked dates in the morning like syrup to get the most optimal results.  Dates have high levels of soluble fiber, which is essential in promoting healthy bowel movements and the comfortable passage of food through the intestinal tract, which can relieve symptoms of constipation.

Honey:  Honey can help relieve and prevent constipation.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of honey in 1/2 cup of warm water, and stir.  Drink this mixture 2-3 times a day to relieve constipation.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa supports digestion and is a natural laxative when taken on an empty stomach.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Oats (rolled) and oat bran:  These are high in fibre which helps to relieve constipation. 

Probiotics:  Probiotics help to balance the good and bad bacteria in your gut, which is essential for proper digestive function.  Probiotics are also useful in fighting IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) which can contribute to constipation.

Psyllium husk:  Very high in fibre.  When taking psyllium husk, one must consume a large amount of water throughout the day otherwise it might have the reverse effect.

Quinoa GrainThis contains almost twice as much fibre as most other grains.  Fibre is most widely known to relieve constipation

Slippery Elm:   It can cause mucous secretion which might be helpful for stomach and intestinal problems.

Tummy Flush:  Consists of 100% prune juice which is a powerful laxative and flushes the digestive tract.

Wheat grass powder:  Very high in fibre.

 

DIARRHOEA

Activated Charcoal (Detoxinol):  If your upset stomach is caused by something you ate or drank (food poisoning, contaminated water, etc) activated charcoal will go to work and hunt down and absorb the bad bacteria and microbes that are causing your stomach problem. Activated charcoal is also excellent for quickly relieving nausea and the horrible build-up of intestinal gas that you usually get with an upset stomach.  If you happen to be suffering with diarrhoea as well, the activated charcoal will help to harden the stool.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):   ACV contains pectin, a powerful substance that quickly soothes an upset stomach, along with relieving nausea and improving digestion. Apple cider vinegar also helps to replenish the supply of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract which is crucial for the successful treatment and further prevention of stomach upsets.

Chamomile and Peppermint Tea:  Chamomile and peppermint are excellent for soothing the muscle lining of the digestive tract.  They both contain some potent anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties and are known to quickly calm an upset stomach.

Probiotics:  If you do not have enough beneficial bacteria residing in your gut then you will definitely be getting regular stomach upsets, stomach aches and diarrhoea.  Probiotics help to stop the bad bacteria from growing and thriving in your digestive system, which of course includes your stomach and colon.

 

DIGESTION/INDIGESTION

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Apple cider vinegar helps with all aspects of digestion, including constipation relief.

Barley Grass powder:  Contains digestive enzymes.  It may also help improve symptoms related to stomach ulcers and other digestive conditions.  Digestive enzymes may also improve wellness in people with celiac disease, indigestion, food allergies, Crohn's disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Camomile tea:  Chamomile tea is widely employed as a digestive remedy.  This herb relaxes spasms of the smooth muscles and counters inflammation in the gut lining.  It also has antiseptic and vasodilatory effects.  Allergic reactions are possible, especially if you are sensitive to ragweed.

Coconut Oil:  A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion.  NB Not all people react well to an initial high dosage of coconut oil, so start off by taking a small amount at first eg a teaspoon, before increasing the dose.

Dates:  The nicotine content in dates is thought to be beneficial for curing many kinds of intestinal disorders.  Continuous intake of dates helps to inhibit growth of the pathological organisms and thus they help stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.  In terms of digestive issues, dates contain those insoluble and soluble fibres, as well as many beneficial amino acids which can stimulate the digestion of food and make it more efficient, meaning that more nutrients will be absorbed by the digestive tract and enter your body for proper usage.

Licorice Root Powder:  Licorice is probably best known for its benefits to digestive health.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa supports digestion and is a natural laxative when taken on an empty stomach.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Mustard Seed:  Mustard seeds are excellent for digestion because they increase the metabolism rate of your body.

Skinny Teatox (Leptin):  A combination of all natural ingredients, this product assists in the digestion of food.

Tapioca flour:  Very high in fibre.

Wheat grass powder:  Contains digestive enzymes.  It may also help improve symptoms related to stomach ulcers and other digestive conditions.  Digestive enzymes may also improve wellness in people with Celiac disease, indigestion, food allergies, Crohn's disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBS)

Chamomile tea:  As a muscle relaxant, chamomile may help to soothe an upset stomach and may even be beneficial for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

FennelFennel tea has been shown to be one of the premier treatments for IBS.  The volatile oil compounds in it first help increase the production of gastric juices to get digestion started properly.  These same compounds then assist in regulating the contractions of the intestines, helping to relieve intestinal cramps and trapped stomach gas.

Flaxseeds:  These are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid that appears to be beneficial to inflammatory bowel disease.

Slippery Elm:  When taken orally, slippery elm is easy on the digestive system.  Slippery elm is said to be good for both diarrhoea and constipation as it softens and adds smooth bulk to the stool.  Slippery elm also calms irritation as it gently coats the lining of the intestinal system.

 

STOMACH/GASTRIC ULCERS

Aloe Vera Juice:  Drinking aloe vera juice can work as an excellent natural ulcer treatment. Its soothing anti-inflammatory properties help heal irritated tissues and close ulcerations while its anti-bacterial properties can fight H. Pylori and other intestinal infections.

Liquorice Root Powder:  It is helpful with stomach ulcers and diarrhoea.  It has anti-cancer and anti-bacterial properties.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa tea has been found to have a positive impact on gastric ulcers accessioned by inflammation in the blood capillaries.  The anti-oxidants in the tea eradicate free radicals hence providing relief from the ulcers.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Slippery Elm:  The soothing mucilage effect of slippery elm makes it valuable for treating digestive problems.  The herb is said to coat the stomach and intestines, and it may relieve pain from ulcers, heartburn and other gastrointestinal disorders.  Drinking slippery elm tea or taking 5 ml of the tincture three times per day is believed to improve digestive health and ease pain caused by gastrointestinal problems.

 

 

Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye.

Our Gluten-Free Products:

Flours: Bread Flour, Cake flour, Self-Raising flour, Coconut flour, Spelt Flour, Chickpea flour, Tapioca flour, Potato flour, White Rice Flour, Brown Rice flour, Buckwheat flour, Almond flour

Mixes: Bread mixes, Chocolate cake mix, Choc Chip Muffin mix, Chocolate brownie mix, Flapjack mix

Soups: Mushroom, Chicken, Vegetable, Tomato

Snacks:  Biscuits, Rice cakes, Sesame bars

Misc:  Buckwheat; Quinoa grain, Miracles Plus Plus seeds; De-husked Millet, Psyllium husks, Xanthum Gum, Vegetable stock, Chick peas, Pasta, Wheat grass

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  It is said that drinking apple cider vinegar can break up uric acid crystals and prevent them from reforming in the joints.  The Malic acid in the vinegar dissolves deposits of Uric Acid and helps push them out of the body.

 

HAIR PROBLEMS

Dandruff

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Its anti-fungal properties help to reduce dandruff and cure scalp diseases like psoriasis & seborrhoea.

 

Aloe Vera juice:  Contains anti-fungal properties.  How to use: A solution of 50% water and 50% apple cider should be applied to the scalp and left to dry without rinsing, until dandruff is gone.

Coconut Oil:  The anti-fungal properties of coconut oil help fight the cause of dandruff.   How to use: A deep conditioning treatment applied three times a week can help to cure dandruff.

Evening Primrose Oil capsules:  To restore moisture to your skin and hair, supplement your diet with evening primrose oil.  This has a fatty acid called GLA which promotes the healthy growth of skin and hair.

Omega 3 essential fatty acid capsules:  The essential fatty acid Omega 3 improves scalp circulation and flaky/dry scalp.

Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acid capsules:  A combination of fish oil (Omega 3) and Evening Primrose oil (Omega 6).

Tea Tree essential oil:  Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal that kills the bacteria causing the over production of the skin cells which create the white flakes called dandruff.  How to use: Add 10 drops to every 200ml of shampoo in the bottle.  Leave the shampoo in for five minutes and wash out.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Vigro Anti-Dandruff Shampoo:  Washes away dead cells and helps to control flaking.

Hair Loss/Thinning Hair

Coconut Oil:  This can help to reduce protein loss in the hair, which can eventually lead to hair thinning.  It also penetrates the hair shaft which prevents the hair from swelling, a condition that can cause damage.  How to use: Massage it gently into your head to stimulate the circulation of the scalp and hair follicles.  Leave for a bit and then shampoo out.

Evening Primrose Oil capsules:  This increases the elasticity of hair (less breakage) and nourishes hair follicles, as well as increasing hair strength and thickness.

Lavender essential oil:  Lavender oil has been said to promote hair growth.  Numerous cases of hair loss can be attributed to a medical condition known as ‘alopecia areata’.  Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to consider hair follicles as foreign objects. Patients who massaged diluted lavender oil onto their scalp daily saw significant improvement in hair growth.  Tip: Mix 3 Tbsp of raw olive oil with 5 drops of lavender essential oil and apply to your hair.  Wrap your hair in a hot towel. Wash your hair with an organic shampoo.  NB Always dilute essential oils before applying to your skin or hair.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Lemongrass essential oil:  Lemongrass is known to fight hair loss, treat oily hair, and cure scalp conditions.  It is an anti-bacterial, so it keeps your scalp in a good condition for hair growth.  Lemongrass is believed to strengthen hair follicles, which is essential for preventing hair loss.  It is combined often with rosemary and lavender oil to help treat hair.  Tip: Mix 3 Tbsp of raw olive oil with 3 drops of lemongrass essential oil, apply to hair and keep on for 15 minutes.  Wrap your hair in a hot towel.  Wash your hair with an organic shampoo.  NB Always dilute essential oils before applying to your skin or hair.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Omega 3 essential fatty acid fish oil capsules:  Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid which increases the elasticity of the hair (less breakage), nourishes hair follicles, as well as increasing hair strength and thickness.

Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acid capsules:  A combination of fish oil (Omega 3) and Evening Primrose oil (Omega 6).

Peppermint essential oil:  Peppermint is great for promoting hair growth for two reasons.  1. Peppermint is an antiseptic, so it kills bacteria on the scalp and provides a healthy environment for hair to grow.  2. Peppermint stimulates circulation on the scalp, which stimulates hair follicles, therefore promoting hair growth.  Tip: Mix 3 Tbsp of raw olive oil with 3 drops of peppermint essential oil and apply to hair.  Wrap your hair in a hot towel. Wash your hair with an organic shampoo.  NB Always dilute essential oils before applying to your skin or hair.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Vigro Hair Care range:  Consists of hair supplement capsules, shampoo, conditioner, tonic and hair cream. 

Scalp Problems/Psoriasis/Sensitive Scalp

Apple cider vinegar:  Apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-fungal agent.  It works to naturally restore the pH balance to the body and eliminate fungus, bacteria and virus that may be causing infection.  This vinegar is also rich in vitamins and minerals that replenish the skin.  How to use: A solution of 50% water and 50% apple cider should be applied to the scalp and left to dry without rinsing.

Tea tree essential oil:  Tea tree oil functions as both an anti-fungal agent as well as a moisturizer.  It cleanses, removes infectious organisms and revitalizes the skin.  It is most effective purchased in pure 100% concentration, and a few drops can go a long way.  It is best used in a mixture with coconut oil, and applied directly to the scalp.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Dull, Lifeless Hair

Apple Cider Vinegar:  ACV helps to regulate the pH levels of your hair, stripping away the build-up of hair products and gives your hair a great shine, leaving it softer and smoother.  How to use: Use a couple of tablespoons of ACV in a shallow basin of cold water as a final rinse after washing your hair.

Evening Primrose oil capsules:  This fatty acid nourishes the scalp and improves a variety of hair and scalp conditions.

Geranium essential oil:  Geranium essential oil will breathe a fresh new life into your hair! This sweet smelling essential oil contains anti-oxidants that will repair damaged hair and add a shine to dull locks.  Geranium essential oil is best known for strengthening hair follicles and strands.  How to use:  Mix 5-7 drops of geranium essential oil in 1/2 ounces of a carrier oil such as olive oil.  Massage this onto your scalp and hair strands.  Wrap a warm towel on your head to open your hair follicles and allow the oils to penetrate deep. When the time is up, rinse your hair thoroughly.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acid capsules:  A combination of fish oil (Omega 3) and Evening Primrose oil (Omega 6).

Headlice

Coconut oil and apple cider vinegar:  1. Rinse hair with vinegar and leave it in until it dries.  2. When the vinegar has dried, pour coconut oil into your hair, making sure you get complete coverage.  3. Cover your hair with a shower cap or hair wrap & leave it in for the whole day, as it will take a few hours for the coconut oil to smother & kill the lice.  4. Comb your hair to get as many of the eggs & lice out as possible and then shampoo as normal.

Nativa Controlice hair products

Tea tree essential oil:  Add a few drops to shampoo to destroy head lice.  NB: Do not apply neat tea tree oil to the scalp, especially of your baby, as it can be toxic in high doses and can be irritating to the skin and provoke an allergic reaction in some people.

TO GET HEALTHY HAIR…

Almonds:  Almonds are packed with nutrients and beneficial fats.

Almond Oil:  Softens the skin on the scalp and reduces inflammation.  It keeps hair moisturized, healthy and less prone to breakage.

Coconut oil:  This is nutritious for all hair types, helping hair to shine, softening hair and remedying damage by helping to preserve the hair’s natural proteins.

Evening primrose oil capsules:  Since primrose oil has high amounts of GLA or the essential fatty acids, it prevents hair from becoming excessively dry, especially near the ends of the hair shaft.  It improves hair texture throughout the shaft and provides sheen to your hair.

Flaxseed oil capsules:  The abundant omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil have been shown to contribute to healthy hair growth.

Hair, Skin and Nails complex:  A great combination of vitamins and minerals that your body needs for healthy hair, skin and nails.

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)This is a naturally occurring sulphur found in many foods.  It

provides the sulphur required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to hair growth.

Pumpkin seeds:  These have essential fatty acids to promote healthy hair.

Zinc:  Foods rich in zinc are pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts.

Vitamin E:  Found in sunflower seeds and almonds.

 

 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  In addition to being a rich source of potassium and magnesium,  two nutrients especially important for a strong healthy heart, ACV provides a constant supply of power and energy to the heart.  ACV contains a natural chemical that works with heart fuel to make the heart muscle stronger while normalizing blood pressure and cholesterol.  Recent studies indicate that ACV can even reduce arterial plaque! 

Arginine (L-Arginine):  This is an amino acid useful for supporting heart health. 

L-Arginine boosts nitric oxide levels, which causes blood vessel relaxation (vasodilation).  Foods like almonds (among all plant products, nuts are probably the richest sources of arginine), sunflower seeds and nut butters contain a good amount of Arginine.  NB Studies indicate that people who have already had heart attacks should not use L-Arginine as it may worsen their condition.

Brazil Nuts:  These have a very high selenium content which prevents blood clotting and helps protect from heart diseases.  They also contain good amounts of omega-6 fatty acids, which also protect against heart diseases.

Cacao (raw) powder:  The Incas considered it the drink of gods.  Flavanols, an anti-inflammatory and heart protective antioxidant found in raw cacao may protect against cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of stroke, and help improve blood circulation.

Cayenne Pepper:  This has been known to help regulate heart beat.  Take ¼ tsp and chase it down with water.

Dates:  Dates are quite helpful in keeping your heart healthy. When they are soaked for the night, crushed in the morning and then consumed, they have been shown to have a positive effect on weak hearts.  Dates are also a rich source of potassium, which studies have shown to reduce the risk of stroke and other heart related diseases.

Green Tea:  Green tea is high in anti-oxidants, which protect cells from the damage and inflammation that lead to many chronic diseases, including heart disease.

Flaxseed (& Flax seed oil):  Flax seed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids are a key force against inflammation in our bodies.  Mounting evidence shows that inflammation plays a part in many chronic diseases including heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and even some cancers.  Flaxseeds are also high in anti-oxidants which fights heart disease

Peanut Oil:  Peanut oil is high in monounsaturated “good” fat, and low in saturated “bad” fat, which is believed to help prevent heart disease.

Pumpkin seeds:  Pumpkin seeds, rich in healthy fats, anti-oxidants and fibres, may provide benefits for heart health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds.

Aloe Vera Juice:  Has immune boosting, antiviral and antiseptic properties.  It is a good all round tonic, as well as a booster during any infection.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  One of the most commonly mentioned benefits of ACV is that those who take it every day report that they rarely get sick.  Apple cider vinegar is full of potassium, calcium, acetic acid, malic acid, pectin, and ash.  It also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.

Brazil Nuts:  These contain selenium which helps fight free radicals and boosts the immune system.

Cacao (raw) powder:  The Incas considered it the drink of gods.  Cacao is the second highest antioxidant food in the world (second only to blue-green algae).

Coconut Oil:  The human body carries normal levels of a substance called monolaurin.  This substance assists in increasing our immune system by warding off many harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses.  Monolaurin levels in coconut oil help improve a compromised immune system while also increasing the body's proper nourishment and energy levels.  NB Not all people react well to an initial high dosage of coconut oil, so start off by taking a small amount at first eg a teaspoon, before increasing the dose.

Cranberries (dried):  Dried cranberries retain all the characteristics of fresh berries.  These berries are good aids to boosting immunity.  The antioxidants in cranberries help counter the free radicals in the human body that hamper a person’s immune system.

Garlic capsules:  Garlic is enriched with a chemical compound known as allicin which helps to boost the immune system and also helps to get rid of infection.  The allicin is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial.  NB Garlic contains sulphur so use with caution if you are allergic to sulphur.

Ginger:  Ginger helps improve the immune system.  Ginger is one of the oldest cures for colds, nausea and flu as it has anti-viral and anti fungal properties.

Goji BerriesThese help to fight the free radicals that contribute to cancer and ageing.

Maca root powder:  Maca is herbaceous plant native to Peru.  The iron as well as the Vitamin C that maca contains will naturally boost the immune system.  Iron increases the amount of oxygen that is carried to the blood, while Vitamin C wards off unwanted germs to prevent illness.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.   This is an immunity-stimulant and is often prescribed for HIV afflicted patients.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Pumpkin seedsPumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc (one ounce contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral).  Zinc is important to your body in many ways, particularly when it comes to giving your immune system a boost.

Selenium:  An immune-enhancing mineral that also acts as an anti-oxidant.  This is found in health foods such as brazil nuts.

Spirulina:  Spirulina is a freshwater algae which occurs naturally in the highly alkaline volcanic lakes of Africa and Mexico.  The immune boosting qualities of spirulina can never be over stated what with its unique ability to fight infection, enhance cellular functioning, and even keep cancer at bay.  The dark green colour of spirulina is a measure of how rich it is in chlorophyll, which in turn is a great detox agent, helping the body steer clear of atmospheric and other pollutants.

Vitamin C:  Vitamin C is an antioxidant and an essential aspect of a healthy and working body.  It helps ensure the health and maintenance of your tendons, bones, and skin, and it also helps your immune system deal with damaging substances in the body.  Make sure you are getting enough in your diet by eating plenty of foods high in Vitamin C.

Cayenne pepper:  If you can find a way to incorporate a tablespoon of cayenne pepper into your meals, you will enjoy 3.82mg of Vitamin C in your diet or 6% of the daily recommended value for adults. 

Cranberries (dried):  These are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants.

Goji berries:  Goji berries are a very rich source of Vitamin C.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa contains 7x the amount of Vitamin C found in oranges.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Zinc:  Zinc is needed for the body's defensive (immune) system to properly work. 

Chickpeas:  Chickpeas are an excellent natural source of zinc.

Flaxseed/Linseed:  Flaxseeds get a lot of attention because of their omega-3 and fibre, but they are also a good source of zinc

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Zinc is found in large quantities in moringa.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Pumpkin seeds:  Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc, and the World Health Organization recommends their consumption as a good way of obtaining this nutrient.

Sesame seeds:  Sesame seeds are packed with zinc, and while it is likely you will not be eating large quantities of them, they can basically be sprinkled on just about any dish to add instant nutrition. 

 

Tea Tree essential oil:  Tea tree oil is known for soothing pain and itching of a wasp or bee sting.  Apply a small amount of pure tea tree oil directly to the bite or sting several times a day with a cotton swab stick.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Chamomile teaChamomile has sedative effects that may help with sleep, which is why chamomile tea is often sipped before bed.  One study found that people with insomnia who took a chamomile supplement had improvements in daytime functioning and potential benefits on sleep measures as well.  Alternatively, drop a chamomile teabag into your bath water at night.

Lavender essential oil:  Add a few drops to a warm bath and this will help you to relax.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Magnesium and Calcium:  A lack of the minerals calcium and magnesium can trigger or exacerbate sleep difficulties because they work together to calm the body and help relax nerves and muscles.  Magnesium and calcium are both sleep boosters, and when taken together they become even more effective. 

Pumpkin seedsPumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the “sleep hormone.”  Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed, along with a carbohydrate like a small piece of fruit, may be especially beneficial for providing your body the tryptophan needed for your melatonin and serotonin production to help promote a restful night’s sleep.

Valerian:  This is sometimes referred to as ‘nature’s Valium’.  As such, it can interact with alcohol and other sedative drugs and should therefore be taken in combination with them only under careful medical supervision.  

Cramps in the leg are usually due to fatigue, imperfect posture, or stress, or an imbalance of salts in the body. Cramp may also be avoided by taking extra nutrients such as calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin E and Potassium.

Apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Low potassium levels can cause leg cramps. Apple cider vinegar is high in potassium and this tonic should help quickly if your leg cramps are caused by low potassium:  Mix 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon honey in a glass of warm water and drink.

 

Nativa RadiCAL (kal/mag):  Contains calcium and magnesium.

Revite Magnesium capsules and Slow Release Magnesium capsules

Ginger:  Ginger is often used to help with nausea.  It promotes the secretion of various digestive juices/enzymes that help neutralize stomach acid.  It also contains phenols that relax stomach muscles and act similar to a sedative on irritated stomach tissue, reducing over activity of the stomach.  NB Do not use ginger if you are pregnant.

Fenugreek seeds, Fennel seeds, Flaxseed…….Make your own Liver Flush Tea using the following recipe:  1 tsp Fenugreek seeds, 1 tsp Fennel seeds, 1 tsp peppermint leaves, 1 tsp flaxseed,  4 thin slices of fresh ginger root.  Method:  Boil the ginger root for 3 minutes in about 4 glasses of water and then add the rest of the ingredients.  Let the mixture steep for 10-15 mins.  Drink during the course of the day while following a simple vegetarian diet.

Licorice Root Powder:  Licorice both protects the liver and promotes healing in this vital organ.  The herb's anti-inflammatory properties help calm hepatitis-associated liver inflammation.  Licorice also fights the virus commonly responsible for hepatitis and supplies valuable anti-oxidant compounds that help maintain the overall health of the liver.

Turmeric:  Turmeric is a powerful liver cleansing spice.  In today’s toxin and chemical filled world, it is easy for your liver to become stressed and overworked.  If you are looking to give your liver a boost, then turmeric tea could offer the perfect solution.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered) and baking sodaThe great thing about using ACV and baking soda is that you will find incredible relief from your hot flushes within 24 to 48 hours, and they work for about 95% of women.  What this healthy concoction does is raise your pH level quickly and alkalize the body.  Once the body is alkalized, it can go to work to relieve your symptoms.  ACV also contains nutrients such as Vitamin E, potassium, calcium and magnesium which are all known to help immensely with menopausal and pre-menopausal symptoms.

Evening Primrose Oil capsules:  Evening primrose oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid involved in the production of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. By revving up production of prostaglandins, evening primrose oil is thought to help counter hormonal changes associated with menopause.

Fenugreek:  Due to its estrogen-like properties, fenugreek has been found to lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause.

Flaxseed (Linseed):  Flaxseed is rich in phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) that can take the heat out of hot flashes.

Maca root Powder:  Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form.  Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called ‘Peruvian ginseng’.  Probably the most amazing thing about the Maca root is its incredible potency for eradicating the symptoms of menopause.  Maca significantly enhances the function of the hormonal system and ensures ideal levels of progesterone, estrogen, DHEA, testosterone, and human growth hormone.  Women who take Maca report less fatigue and greater energy and relief from hot flushes and night sweats.

Pumpkin seeds:  Pumpkin seed oil is rich in natural phytoestrogens and studies suggest it may lead to a significant increase in good “HDL” cholesterol along with decreases in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women.

Vitamin B6:  Foods high in B6 are sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seed, chickpeas, buckwheat flour.

Coconut Oil:  It is anti-bacterial, therefore killing bacteria that cause ulcers and throat infections.

Sore Throat

Honey:  Honey mixed in tea or simply taken straight up has long been a home remedy for sore throat.

Sea salt:  Gargling with salt water is an excellent substitute for the more expensive antiseptics and herbal mouthwashes sold over the counter and the effect is just as good.

Cayenne pepper ointment:  Be careful when using this on broken skin.  How to use: Mix together:  500g of Petroleum Vaseline and 3 tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder.  Mix together until smooth and rub onto affected area. 

Jasmine essential oil:  For muscle spasms and sprains, mix 3-5 drops with 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage on affected areas.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Lavendar essential oil:  A remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore and tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

BRITTLE/BROKEN NAILS

Coconut Oil:  Rub coconut oil on your cuticles to help your nails grow strong and healthy.

Evening Primrose Oil caps:  This is used to nourish dry and brittle nails.

Nativa Hair, Skin & Nail complex:  Provides an all round vitamin combination for healthy nails.

Coconut Oil:  Fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites.

Pumpkin Seeds:  Add them raw to salads or just eat a handful each week to combat worms and other parasites.  Dried pumpkin pips taken each week will prevent a build-up of parasites in the system.  For tape worm take a handful of seeds, chew thoroughly and follow this with castor oil (2 tablespoons) after half an hour.  The pumpkin seeds apparently paralyse the tape worm so it loses its hold and the castor oil gets it out of the system.

Tea Tree Oil:  Can be used to treat Ringworm.  Use mixed with Vaseline as an ointment.  Use on affected area three times a day.  NB:Tea tree oil must NOT be taken internally as it is extremely toxic.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Apple Cider Vinegar is wonderful for pets, including dogs, cats and horses.  It helps them with arthritic conditions, controls fleas & barn flies, and gives a beautiful shine to their coats!  For fleas, one part vinegar and one part water can be sprayed on your pet’s fur and rubbed in generously to the skin.  Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week.  Any flea infestation will surely be gone.

Coconut oil:  For healthy, glossy coats or purely to help with dry, scaly skin, incorporate a daily dose of coconut into your pet’s food. 

Lemongrass essential oilKill your pet's fleas and lice by spraying diluted lemongrass oil all over his coat.  You can also soak his collar in it, add it to his final rinse after shampooing, or spray it on his bedding.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

PMS

Cacao (raw) powder:  The Incas called it the drink of the gods.  Cacao boosts brain levels of serotonin, the feel good brain chemical.  When women are experiencing PMS, serotonin levels drop dramatically.  The benefits of cacao are proven to boost the brain levels of calming hormones and restore feelings of well-being.

Chamomile tea:  Traditionally, chamomile tea is recommended for soothing menstrual cramps.

Evening Primrose Oil caps:  This is recommended for balancing your hormones if you are experiencing PMS or period problems, or going through menopause

Fenugreek:  Due to its estrogen-like properties, fenugreek has been found to lessen the effect of hot flashes, mood fluctuations and menstrual pain that are common symptoms of PMS.

Maca root powder:  Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form.  Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called ‘Peruvian ginseng’.  It helps with the regulation of menstruation and period pain relief.

Detoxinol (Activated Charcoal):  If you have an idea that the person has drunk poison or has swallowed anything that could poison him like plants etc use charcoal powder mixed with milk.  Mix a teaspoon of charcoal powder with half a cup of milk.  Repeat every half an hour.   The charcoal will bind to the poison and neutralize it as it works its way through the system.

 

SKIN

PROBLEMS

Acne

Apple Cider Vinegar:  This is an effective natural agent that can help treat acne by killing bacteria and balancing out our skin’s pH level (which is a measure of acidity).  It also absorbs excess oil from the skin, which is a leading cause of acne.  How to use:  ALWAYS dilute ACV as it is very acidic.  Mix approx. one part ACV to four parts water and use as a toner on the skin after washing.

Coconut Oil:  This is a great natural remedy that contains no harsh chemicals.  Coconut oil

contains antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that help fight

acne infections and helps to prevent break outs.  How to use: Steam the face, apply a thin layer

of coconut oil for 2 minutes and then wipe off.  Do not leave on the skin as it can clog the pores

and exacerbate the problem.  It also possesses skin healing properties for wounds like acne

and pimples.

Evening Primrose Oil capsules:  Evening Primrose oil reduces infection and bacterial growth on the skin thereby shrinking the acne.  Regular use may even protect your skin from the formation of acne.  The emollient properties of primrose oil help in keeping skin free from dryness, which is a major cause of acne and blemishes.  It helps to lessen inflammation, provide better elasticity to the skin and overall, improve general skin health.

Geranium essential oil:  Geranium essential oil contains antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that kill off germs and bacteria responsible for acne.  It also normalizes hormonal functions and secretions, guarding against hormonal acne.  Use geranium essential oil in your daily night skin care routine by massaging it, diluted with a carrier oil, onto your face to moisturize and keep the acne away.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Lavender essential oil:  Use lavender essential oil for acne treatment by mixing a drop of it into your moisturizer and massaging it into your skin.  You can also use products such as face washes and cleansers that contain lavender essential oil in order to keep annoying acne and unwelcome pimples at bay.  Please note that lavender essential oil should not be used directly on skin as it can be drying and irritating.  Always dilute the oil with a carrier oil like jojoba oil or coconut oil.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Rose essential oil:  If you suffer from acne, try dabbing one drop of pure rose essential oil on blemishes three times a day.  To treat acne with rose essential oil, get a bowl and make a mix of 1 – 2 drops of rose essential oil, 1/2 tsp of your favorite light carrier oil like coconut oil and 1 tsp of organic honey.  Mix these together and massage them gently into your clean and washed face and allow it to rest overnight or for at least 10 – 15 minutes.  Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.  Repeat this treatment 2 – 3 times a week.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Rosemary essential oilRosemary is an essential oil that is highly antibacterial and is therefore a great remedy to use against acne breakouts.  To use rosemary essential oil on the skin you must dilute it with water or use it with a carrier oil like jojoba or sweet almond oil.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Tea tree oil:  When applied on acne, tea tree oil helps the immune system to kill the bacteria

and consequently reduce the inflammation.  Keep in mind that even though tea tree oil can be used ‘neat’/directly on skin, if you have sensitive skin make sure you mix tea tree oil with coconut oil, which is another antimicrobial skin care oil.  For this, dilute 3 – 4 drops of tea tree essential oil in 1 tsp of coconut oil.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

 

Dry Skin

Almond Oil:  Is an effective moisturizer and helps to balance out the moisture levels in the skin which is essential for treating dry skin.  NB Do not use if you have nut allergies.

Cocoa Butter:  This is a natural hydrator, helping the skin to retain its elasticity and moisture.

Coconut Oil:  Use as a moisturizer after your bath, or place 1 tablespoon of the oil into your bath water to keep your skin soft and hydrated.

Evening Primrose Oil capsules:  Evening primrose oil is known to maintain a balance of moisture in amazing ways, providing your skin with a young and glowing look.

Geranium essential oil:  Geranium essential oil solves dry, cracked and flaky skin by lubricating and moisturizing skin.  It will pump water into dry skin cells, promoting smooth and supple skin.  Do not use geranium essential oil undiluted onto your skin.  Ensure that you mix it with a carrier oil, for example wheat germ oil, avocado oil or rose hip oil with geranium essential oil before using it.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Oh Lief Skincare range:  100% natural and organic body products ideal for moisturizing all skin types.  Contains beeswax, fruit and vegetable oils. 

Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules:  Dry, flaky skin is frequently caused by a deficiency of essential fatty acids.  Omega 3 fatty acids are needed in sufficient quantities to maintain moist skin.

Shea Butter:  Shea butter has shown to be a superb moisturizer, with exceptional healing properties for the skin.

 

Ezcema/Dermatitis/Psoriasis/Sensitive Skin

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered)Because it contains a variety of nutrients, drinking ACV may help improve psoriasis symptoms.  How to use:  Mix 1 tablespoon into a glass of water and drink every day.

Chamomile tea:  Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, chamomile is often used to treat skin irritations such as sunburn and rashes, and it may help with conditions such as eczema as well.

Cocoa Butter:  Cocoa butter is the best salvation for people who have sensitive skin.  It is great at protecting the skin from heat, and healing such diseases such as eczema and other problems.

Epsom Salts:  A warm bath with Epsom salts may help to alleviate eczema.

Evening Primrose Oil capsules:  People suffering from eczema have found great relief by applying primrose oil in the affected areas.  It gently adds moisture and soothes the itchy skin.  It may also provide relief from conditions like psoriasis. 

Fenugreek:  This is a herbal cure for skin inflammation.  Research has shown that Fenugreek is an effective topical treatment for skin problems such as abscesses, boils, burns, eczema, and gout. Therefore, a simple skin inflammation remedy is the following:

Take a spoonful of fenugreek seeds and grind them into a powder.

Mix the ground powder with warm water.

Take a simple piece of clean cloth and soak it into the mixture.

Apply the soaked cloth directly onto the affected skin as a poultice.

Flax seed oil:  The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers.  Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to its anti-inflammatory actions and skin-soothing properties.

Geranium essential oil:  The anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties in geranium essential oil make it a powerful inflammation fighting skin care ingredient.  It will calm down skin rashes, acne inflammation and provide relief to inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.  A drop of geranium essential oil diluted with another pure oil like avocado oil applied to the affected areas goes a long way.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Oh Lief Skincare range:  100% natural and organic body products ideal for moisturizing all skin types.  Contains beeswax, vegetable and fruit oils.  Soothes dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Sea salt bath:  Outside of eczema, sea salt has been known for its healing properties in skin care when used for bathing since olden times.  Salt baths have been used for a long time to help control chronic inflammatory skin conditions, especially psoriasis.  Its healing qualities are said to include providing relief for muscle pain and aches, reducing skin inflammation, helping with skin hydration and regeneration.  Put a handful of sea salt in bathwater every night.

Shea Butter:  Because it is packed with essential vitamins for skin, it will not exacerbate your eczema.  A lot of people even use it to treat their skin problems. 

Tea tree essential oil:  Tea tree oil can help relieve any type of skin inflammation, including eczema and psoriasis.  Simply mix one teaspoon of coconut oil, five drops of tea tree oil and five drops of lavender oil together to make a homemade tea tree oil ezcema lotion.  It can also be added to your bath water.  NB Please be aware that while tea tree oil might help your skin condition, people with very sensitive might find this essential oil aggravates the problem.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Turmeric:  Curcumin, the primary active compound in turmeric root powder, has been reported to inhibit histamine release from mast cells.  As histamine can trigger eczema outbreaks, turmeric is a great food for eczema sufferers.

Blemishes & Pigmentation

Almond oil:  Almond oil is one of the oils that is very good for skin issues including dark spots.  It contains unsaturated fatty acids, Vitamins E, B2, B6, PP along with various minerals and phytosterols.  These nutrients help you get an even toned skin complexion and help a lot in removing blemishes and black spots.  It also protects your skin from harmful sunrays due to the presence of Vitamin E in it.

Castor oil:  Castor oil is very popular and known to remove blemishes and pigmentation. Apply by moving fingers in a circular direction.  Use this twice a day.  Avoid using if there are any pus filled pimples as the oil will aggravate them.  NB Avoid using castor oil during pregnancy.

Evening Primrose Oil capsulesAnother property of primrose oil is curing blemishes.  The oil is rich in essential fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties and help the skin in reducing redness and itchiness thereby providing relief from blemishes.  Dark circles under the eyes are probably the most common skin issue faced by a huge number of individuals.  Though there can be many causes for such skin condition, for example, excessive exposure to the sun, hyper-pigmentation, stress and anxiety, primrose oil may help in providing an even toned skin texture by slowly fading the uneven dark under eye areas. 

Geranium essential oil:  Geranium essential oil decreases scarring and gradually fades acne scars, blemishes, age spots and dark marks.  To reduce the appearance of acne scars and blemishes, you must consistently follow a nightly skin care routine:  Cleanse your face, pat dry with a soft towel.  Using a q-tip, apply a little geranium essential oil onto your scars and blemishes.  Rinse your face the next morning when you wake up.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Rosehip seed oil:  Rosehip seed oil is known as the best oil (carrier or massage oil) for anti-aging remedies.  It can remove age spots or the black spots on your face too.  It is rich in Vitamin A which rejuvenates your skin.  What is more important, though, for pigmentation (from which you get black spots) is the presence of Vitamin C in this oil.  Rosehip oil is also an excellent emollient and moisturizer which gives you soft, smooth, and hydrated skin.

Turmeric:  Mix about 3 teaspoons of lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.  Apply this paste and leave it on for half an hour; then wash off with water.

 

Scars

Coconut OilDue to the Vitamin E, lauric, caprylic and capric acid found in coconut oil, it makes an excellent cream to help diminish the appearance of acne scars.  Coconut oil can help decrease acne scarring and should be applied at least once a day.  NB Only apply a thin layer of coconut oil as applying it too thickly can clog the pores.

Geranium essential oil:  Geranium essential oil decreases scarring and gradually fades acne scars, blemishes, age spots and dark marks.  To reduce the appearance of acne scars and blemishes, you must consistently follow a nightly skin care routine:  Cleanse your face, pat dry with a soft towel.  Using a q-tip, apply a little geranium essential oil onto your scars and blemishes.  Rinse your face the next morning when you wake up.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Shea Butter:  Shea butter is widely known to help reduce scarring, including acne scars.  It also reduces burn marks or other skin disfigurements.  It can also reduce stretch marks.

 

Warts

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Apple cider vinegar works on bacteria and fungus.  This leads to clearer skin, reduction in acne and even treatment for warts.  Soaking a cotton ball in cider vinegar and taping this to a wart for eight hours will result in the wart's removal within a week.

Wrinkles/Aging

Almond OilAlmond Oil is said to help soften the wrinkles that form around the eyes and mouth if a small amount of it is gently massaged into the problem areas once or twice a day.

Aloe Vera Juice:  Aloe Vera can add a rich supply of building materials to produce and maintain healthy skin.  Using the nutritional building blocks of aloe vera, the skin can utilize these nutrients daily to help combat the effects of aging!  A daily dose of Aloe Vera juice can be just what your skin is thirsting for.

Cocoa Butter:  This is a great source of antioxidants, which help combat free radicals and help save your skin from the inevitable signs of aging. 

Evening Primrose oil capsules:  Since primrose oil has high concentrations of antioxidants, it aids in fighting free radicals.  Primrose oil thus revitalizes the skin cells making it look fresh and healthy.  Since primrose oil also helps in adding moisture to the skin and promoting healthy maintenance of collagen, it improves skin elasticity and prevents premature sagging as well as wrinkles and fine lines.

Geranium essential oil:  Mix 10 drops of geranium essential oil in your bath water to protect your skin from age spots and sagging.  Geranium essential oil offers skin anti-oxidant protection which steers off free radicals from attacking healthy skin cells and degenerating them.  It also promotes skin cell renewal and proper blood circulation.  Since it is a natural astringent, it firms skin causing it to look youthful.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Shea butter:  Shea butter will help reduce wrinkles and signs of aging.  It not only moisturizes your skin but also provides valuable nutrients that your skin needs to repair and heal itself.

 

General Skin Care

Geranium essential oil:  Facial Cleanser:  Put 5-7 drops of geranium essential oil in 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and store it in a small container.  Use this to cleanse your face once a day.  Geranium essential oil has soothing properties that will calm down skin inflammation, relax your face muscles and promote blood circulation.  It is a will purge toxins, dirt, grime and excess sebum and dead cells from deep within skin pores.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

ED (Erectile Dysfunction) or Impotence

When looking for possible remedies for ED, the first thing to look at is the possible cause. Causes mainly include fatigue, stress relationship issues, performance anxiety, alcohol consumption, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use etc

Arginine (L-Arginine):  The amino acid L-arginine, which occurs naturally in food, boosts the body's production of nitric oxide, a compound that facilitates erections by dilating blood vessels in the male genitalia.  Foods like almonds (among all plant products, nuts are probably the richest sources of arginine), sunflower seeds and nut butters contain a good amount of Arginine.

Cayenne pepper:  This is known to increase circulation in the body, and boost metabolism.  This improved circulatory function can help cure erectile dysfunction and "get the blood flowing," which of course is necessary for healthy sexual activity.

Ginseng:  Many men take ginseng to treat ED.  This appears to work by enhancing nitric oxide release and increasing cyclic guanosine monophosphate which allows penile arterial relaxation and enlargement.

Ginkgo biloba:  Known primarily as a treatment for cognitive decline, ginkgo has also been used to treat erectile dysfunction -- especially cases caused by the use of certain antidepressant medications.

Maca root powder:  Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form.  Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called ‘Peruvian ginseng’.  Maca may well help to cure impotency because it stimulates the pituitary gland into secreting more testosterone.

Libido

Apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  A natural energizer, research shows that apple cider vinegar may help with low libido.

Cacao (raw) powder:  The Incas considered it the drink of the gods.  Cacao contains a mood-enhancing compound called PEA or phenethylamine which triggers the release of endorphins and pleasurable opium-like neurochemicals.  These often release naturally when we fall in love and during sexual activity.

Cayenne pepper:  This amazing super food is capable of spicing up not only your favorite meals but also your sex life.  Cayenne pepper possesses the unique ability to significantly improve circulation, which in turn helps "increase the pulse" of the lymphatic and digestive rhythms.  This improved circulatory function can help cure erectile dysfunction and "get the blood flowing," which of course is necessary for healthy sexual activity.

Dates:  Studies have shown that dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina.  Soak a handful of dates in fresh goat’s milk over night, then grind them in the same milk with a mixture of cardamom powder and honey.  This mixture becomes a very useful tonic for increasing sexual endurance and reducing sterility caused by various sexual disorders.

Fenugreek:  The dried leaves and seeds of the fenugreek plant possess compounds that have been scientifically-proven to improve sex drive and even help cure impotence.  Not only does fenugreek help rekindle sexual desire, but it may also help promote healthy hormone levels.

Goji Berries:  They increase testosterone levels, which stimulates libido in both men and women.  They are also known to increase circulation throughout the body, allowing people to perform at their peak in a host of different activities.

Jasmine essential oil:  To promote libido in both men and women, put 8-10 drops in bath water.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Maca root powder:  Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form.  Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called ‘Peruvian ginseng’.  Maca is a natural aphrodisiac and is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women.  It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance.  At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility.

Oak Honey:  Imported from Israel, this product contains raw oak honey, ginseng and royal jelly.  It is an energizer and said to help increase libido.

Pumpkin seeds:  The mineral zinc is absolutely essential for the production of testosterone in men.  It also concentrates in a healthy prostate where it serves as a catalyst for the regulation of prostatic fluid and the production of semen.  Not surprisingly, many men with low libido are actually just deficient in zinc because they are not eating enough foods that are naturally rich in this important nutrient.

Wheatgrass:  This is praised for enhancing your libido and sexual stamina.  Wheatgrass is an effective aphrodisiac because the rich magnesium derived from chlorophyll constructs enzymes that can restore your sex hormones.

Cacao (raw) powder:  The Incas considered it the drink of gods.  Cacao contains the mood improver ‘anandamide’ known as the bliss molecule, which creates a feeling of euphoria.

Chamomile Tea:  Chamomile tea raises your levels of glycine which is a nerve relaxant.  This may explain why chamomile is also effective for stress and anxiety relief.  Alternatively, drop a chamomile teabag into your bath water at night to help relax you. 

Jasmine essential oil:  To help relieve stress and tension, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or add 8-10 drops into bath water.  You can also use 20 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil for a relaxing massage.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Lavender essential oil:  Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Maca root powder:   Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form.  Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called ‘Peruvian ginseng’.  This ancient superfood is very helpful for energy and improving an overall sense of well-being.

Magnesium capsules:  Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral.  Anything that is tight, irritable and stiff, whether it is a body part or an even a mood, is a possible sign of magnesium deficiency.  Magnesium not only relaxes your mind, it relaxes your muscles. 

Vitamin B:  Ensuring adequate B vitamins daily helps support the body in many ways, including its ability to deal with stress.  Take B-complex vitamins earlier in the day rather than late in the evening, though, as they are also involved in energy production and keep some people awake.

 

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Fennel:  Fennel seeds may be chewed after every meal.  Their aromatic, licorice-like smell will coat your tongue and the insides of your mouth upon chewing.  Studies have yet to be conducted on the effectiveness of fennel seeds on bad breath but science has already confirmed the presence of anti-bacterial components in fennel seeds.  And since bad breath is caused by presence of bacteria in the mouth and tongue, that’s a good enough reason for many to take fennel seeds for bad breath.

Coconut or Sesame Oil (Oil Pulling):  Coconut oil is a powerful inhibitor of a large variety of pathogenic organisms from viruses to bacteria to protozoa, largely due to its naturally high lauric acid content.  It makes a perfect organic and natural mouthwash that works.  This is known as ‘Oil Pulling’.  Oil pulling consists of melting the coconut oil until it is a liquid, and then putting a teaspoon of the oil into your mouth and swirling it around for a few minutes before spitting it out.  Alternatively use sesame oil.  NB Do not gargle with or swallow the oil.  When you have finished spit out the oil, brush your teeth and give your mouth a good clean.

Teeth Whitening

Oil Pulling (Coconut Oil or sesame oil):  Coconut oil does not contain any teeth whitening agents on its own, but working in conjunction with your body’s natural digestive system during ‘Oil Pulling’, it supposedly whitens teeth.  It is the oxidation of lauric acid in coconut oil that is responsible for teeth whitening.  Swishing with coconut oil causes the mouth to increase production of saliva and the enzyme, lipase, which breaks down the coconut oil and releases oxygen, which bonds with the stains on teeth and releases them from the tooth.

Detoxinol/Activated Charcoal:  Activated charcoal may be used for whitening teeth because of its adsorption qualities, specifically of tannins.  Tannins are in the food and beverages we consume that stain our teeth and activated charcoal is remarkably efficient at adsorbing them.  How to use:  1) Make sure it is in its powdered form.  2) Clean/Brush teeth.  3) Put a bit of the activated charcoal powder into a small cup.  Add some water to create a ‘slush’ mixture.  

4)  Move the water to the front of your mouth and let it set there for a minute or so.  You can also dip your toothbrush into the powder and very gently rub onto teeth but you must be very careful not to let the charcoal be abrasive to your teeth or gums.  5) Let it sit on teeth for about 1 minute. 6) Rinse well.

 

 

Toothache

Clove Oil:  Clove oil applied to the tooth will help the pain.  Do this three times a day.  

Lupin Bean or ‘Miracle Bean’:  Some people claim that it helps to improve thyroid gland activity.

Maca root powder:  Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form.  Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called ‘Peruvian ginseng’.  Maca is said to improve thyroid function. 

Super B Complex:  The B-complex vitamins consist of eight B vitamins, which are thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folic acid and cobalamin.  These vitamins improve thyroid gland function. 

Vitamin A:  Supplementing with Vitamin A may help treat an overactive thyroid.

Vitamin C:  If you have an overactive thyroid, increase your Vitamin C intake.  

Vitamin E:  Supplementing with Vitamin E can help you manage an overactive thyroid. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that improves thyroid gland function, decreases inflammation in your body, reduces oxidative stress in your body, strengthens your immune system and protects you against damaging free radicals that can alter DNA and inflame your tissues.  

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Apple cider vinegar is one of the more popular remedies for treating and preventing urinary tract infections.  Apple cider vinegar contains important enzymes, rich minerals, and nutrients such as potassium.  Combined with its acidity, the vinegar works as an antibiotic, stopping the growth of harmful bacteria.  However, in the case of a severe infection, always consult a doctor and take proper medication.

Cranberries (dried):  Cranberries contain compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACs) that have strong bacterial anti-adhesion properties.  PACs interfere with the ability of bacteria to adhere to the cells that line the bladder wall.  Instead of sticking to the bladder wall and causing an infection (and the subsequent pain), the bacteria get flushed out in the urine.

Probiotics:  Taking a good probiotic supplements may help with the treatment of bladder infections. 

Coconut Oil:  Rub it over and over with a spoon until the skin looks reddish.  Do it every morning and evening to help varicose veins.

Grape Seed Extract:  This strengthens the cell structure of blood vessels and reduces inflammation.

Tissue Salts:  Calc. Fluor (Calcium fluoride) No. 7:  This is one of Calc. Fluor’s most marvelous areas of relief.  Herbs that contain Calc. Fluor:  Buckwheat.  Ask Vitamin Bar staff for further products.

 

Biotin

A biotin deficiency does not occur very often, but not getting enough can leave your hair and skin in less than optimal condition.  Getting enough biotin can also mean an increased metabolism, balanced blood glucose levels, and is simply one of the B Vitamins that you do not want to be without for too long.

Almonds:  Almonds are an excellent source of biotin. 

Sunflower seeds:  This snack is actually a great source of minerals like biotin. 

Calcium

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, but that does not necessarily mean everyone is getting enough of it in their diet.  Calcium is essential for a healthy heart, bones, blood, and more.

Almonds:  Nuts and seeds are not the first thing most people think of when they are looking to increase their calcium intake.  But think again.  A half-cup serving of tasty almonds contains 183 milligrams of calcium, or 18% of the recommended value for the day.

Blackstrap molasses:  Do not be thrown off by its sweet flavor.  You can enjoy delicious blackstrap molasses as part of a healthy, calcium rich diet.  A tablespoon of molasses provides 40 milligrams of calcium to your diet, so add it to your cereal, toast, milk, and warm water to enjoy a uniquely sweet treat that is also high in iron and magnesium.

Chia seeds:  Chia seeds contain 25% of your daily recommended calcium intake.

Flaxseed/Linseed:  Flaxseed is arguably the easiest and healthiest food you can add to your diet.  Many nutritionists recommend consuming about one to two tablespoons of milled flaxseed throughout the day.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa powder or tea contains 4x the amount of calcium found in milk.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Quinoa grain: Quinoa is widely considered to be a grain, but it is actually a type of seed. Whatever the case, quinoa is a great food to add to your diet, especially if you are concerned about getting enough calcium from a non-dairy source.  One cup provides your body with 80 milligrams of essential calcium, or about 8% of what the average person needs per day.

Sesame seeds:  Sesame seeds are known for the delightful taste and subtle texture they bring to many meals.  But you might not have known that a tablespoon of these tiny seeds can provide you with an impressive 88 milligrams of calcium.

Sunflower seeds:  Sunflower seeds are a viable source of calcium, and they have many other health benefits along with strengthening your bones. 

Folic Acid

Everyone needs folic acid, but it is especially important in women who are pregnant because it plays a major role in cellular growth and regeneration.  A diet that is high in folic acid can prevent anemia, Alzheimer’s disease, several cancers, and birth defects.

Flaxseed/Linseed:  It is easy to add a tablespoon of flaxseed to your diet each day, and the health benefits you will enjoy as a result make it more well worth the effort.  A single tablespoon provides 3% of the recommended amount of folic acid.

Sunflower seeds:  Sunflower seeds provide the body with beneficial fats and essential nutrients, including folic acid.  A one-ounce serving gives you nearly 20% of the recommended amount of folic acid for the day. 

Wheatgrass:  Wheatgrass contains good levels of folic acid.  

Iodine

Iodine is an essential mineral that is vital to the proper functioning of the thyroid.  The thyroid gland is responsible for managing growth and metabolism.  An iodine deficiency can cause symptoms such as fatigue, high cholesterol, lethargy, depression, and swelling of the thyroid gland.

Cranberries:  These are a good source of iodine.

Himalayan Crystal salt:  If you are trying to avoid conventional table salt but you are worried about not getting enough iodine, Himalayan crystal salt is a viable alternative.

Iron

Getting your daily requirement of iron is important, as iron is involved in so many of the body’s basic functions.  These include helping to carry oxygen throughout the body, helping your muscles and brain work at their full capacity, and preventing the onset of anemia.

Blakstrap molasses:  If you ever get tired of eating fruits and vegetables as your main source of iron, switch it up by adding blackstrap molasses to your meals and even your beverages.  Just a teaspoon of tasty molasses added to your toast, cereal, sandwiches, milk, or water contributes about 5% to your daily iron quota.

Goji berries:  Goji berries contain more iron than spinach.

Lentils:  Being a good source of iron is a good reason to start adding goji berries to your regular diet.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  It contains 3x the amount of iron found in almonds and spinach.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Pumpkin seeds:  A handful of pumpkin seeds, or an ounce, contains about one milligram of iron.  That is about 5% of the recommended daily value.  Pumpkin seeds provide the most benefit when eaten raw, but they still pack an iron punch when roasted for no more than 15-20 minutes.

Quinoa grain:  Quinoa may be the best plant-based source of iron available.  One cup of quinoa nearly meets a day’s requirement for iron.

Prune juice:  Prune juice is a potent source of iron. 

Tahini/Sesame butter:  Sesame butter, also known as tahini can provide the body with a tremendous amount of iron.  If you are already eating plenty of iron-rich fruits and vegetables, tahini can be an excellent addition that will help you reach your daily iron needs. 

Magnesium

Magnesium is important as it can help you avoid cardiovascular disease.  It can also be helpful for those with diabetes and can help the brain in its daily functions.  Signs that you are running low on magnesium include leg cramps, which may be a subtle sign you might overlook, or a general feeling of fatigue or weakness.

Cacao (raw) powder:  Create loads of energy and combat fatigue with one of the highest concentrations of magnesium found in this natural food source.  

Flaxseed/Linseed:  Flaxseed is a fantastic source of magnesium.  Ground flaxseed is easiest to work with and ensures that you will actually use it.  You can also opt for flaxseed oil.

Lentils:  Lentils are a good source of magnesium, nearly rivaling their bean cousins, but still providing nearly a third of what you need from a 100 gram serving.

Millet:  Millet is a very rich source of the important mineral magnesium.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa contains significant amounts of magnesium.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Oats (rolled):  These are a good source of magnesium.

Pumpkin seeds:  Pumpkin seeds are one of the healthier snack options out there, and their magnesium content is only part of the equation.

Quinoa grain:  Quinoa is full of magnesium, which is not surprising as it is a good source of plenty of other minerals, vitamins, and healthy substances like fibre.

Sunflower seeds:  Sunflower seeds provide quite a punch when it comes to magnesium, and they also provide other nutrients and minerals making them an excellent snack time choice.  The magnesium found in sunflower seeds will help you keep calm when things get stressful.

Manganese

Some of the health benefits of manganese include a benefit to healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, and helping to create essential enzymes for building bones.  It also acts as a co-enzyme to assist metabolic activity in the human body.  Manganese is also an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

Quinoa grain:  Quinoa has a high content of manganese.

Mustard Seed:  Mustard seed is a good source of manganese.

Cinnamon:  Cinnamon is a rich source of manganese.  One teaspoon provides a whopping 22% of the daily recommended value.

Turmeric:  Basic nutritional aspects of turmeric include a 26% daily value in manganese.

Potassium

Getting enough potassium does not have to be hard, and as long as you are in good health and eating a balanced and varied diet you are most likely at an acceptable level.  Because of the healthy benefits it provides, it is good to know which foods provide the most potassium so you can know without a doubt that your needs are met.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  Rich in potassium, a mineral that is often times lacking in adult diets. 

Dates:  These are a good source of potassium. 

Millet:  A rich source of potassium.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  It contains 3x the amount of potassium found in bananas.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Protein

Proteins are the building blocks of any living organism.  They are composed of chains of 20 different kinds of amino acids.  Proteins constitute life in the form of enzymes, antibodies, hormones, hair, nail, bone, teeth, haemoglobin (blood protein), neurotransmitters, skin or as the basic components of any cell in our body.

Almonds:  A handful of almonds contain more protein than an egg. 

Almond Nut Butter:  Almond butter is first and foremost an ideal source of protein.  Protein is crucial for tissue regeneration and repair.

Chia seeds:  Chia seeds contain a decent amount of protein.  By weight, they are about 14% protein which is very high compared to most plants.  They also contain a good balance of essential amino acids, so our bodies should be able to make use of the protein in them.

ChickpeasChickpeas are a rich source of protein and therefore help people to gain weight.  Chickpeas should also be your anytime carbohydrate source of choice.  If you are having trouble getting big and staying lean, replace some of the rice and grain in your diet with chickpeas.  This versatile bean contains 45 grams of slow acting carbs per cup along with 12 grams of fibre.

FlaxseedFlaxseed is a complete protein source, meaning that it contains every amino acid that your body cannot make on its own.

Hemp seeds:  Contain 24% of your daily requirement.

Millet:  Millet contains eight essential amino acids and can therefore be classed as a complete protein.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  This contains 2x the amount of protein found in yoghurt.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Quinoa Grain: A very high protein grain.

Protein powders/supplements: 

1)      Hemp protein powder:  Hemp protein supplies enough of the essential amino acids in both quality and quantity to meet the human body’s need. 

2)      Spirulina powder:  Spirulina contains 65-71% complete protein, the highest protein content of any food. 

3)      Just Whey (protein concentrate - Health Connection):  A 78% whey protein powder which can be used as a protein alternative or supplement.

4)      Whey powder (Health Connection):  Contains a lower quantity of protein than the concentrate but is still adequate as a source of protein for those who wish to increase their protein intake.

Pumpkin seeds:  Pumpkin seeds have been gaining in notoriety for their healthiness, and being one of the high protein foods is part of that equation.

Sunflower seeds:  These also offer a good amount of protein. 

Wheat germ:  The protein in wheat germ is of a high quality, similar to that of milk. 

Selenium

Selenium is a trace mineral and the body only needs it in small amounts.  Selenium helps the body to make special proteins called antioxidant enzymes which play a role in preventing cell damage.  Research shows that selenium might be able to reduce the risk of getting cancer.

Apricot kernals:  These are a good source of selenium. 

Mustard seed:  Mustard seed has emerged from research as an excellent source of selenium.

Sunflower seedsSunflower seeds are a good source of selenium, which is a proven enemy of cancer

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a vitamin and antioxidant that is associated with healthy eyes.  A diet rich in Vitamin A can prevent nighttime blindness, eye inflammation, and dry eyes.

Goji Berries:  Goji berries contain a large amount of Vitamin A.

Moringa: Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  This contains 4x the amount of Vitamin A found in carrots.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Vitamin B

Goji Berries:  These contain a good range of B complex vitamins.

Pumpkin seeds:  Most of us pop pills to replenish a deficiency of Vitamin B-complex.  Try pumpkin seeds next time.  Pumpkin seeds are a good source of Vitamin B like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B-6 and folates.

Wheat germ:  Wheat germ has been called a wonder food because of its valuable supply of Vitamin E and B complex.

Vitamin B12

Also known as cobalamin, Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in many processes throughout the body.  Include many Vitamin B12 rich foods in your diet in order to make sure your body stays strong and healthy.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa is loaded with B vitamins.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Vitamin B3/Niacin

A niacin deficiency may include feeling fatigued for no reason, digestive trouble, and even depression.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa leaf powder contains 50x the amount of niacin found in peanuts.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Tahini/Sesame butter:  Tahini is another word for sesame butter, which is made from sesame seeds.  Sesame seeds are a great source of protein and other important nutrients, including niacin. 

Vitamin B6

Honey:  Raw honey has a high Vitamin B6 content.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and an essential aspect of a healthy and working body.  It helps ensure the health and maintenance of your tendons, bones, and skin, and it also helps your immune system deal with damaging substances in the body.  Make sure you are getting enough in your diet by eating plenty of foods high in Vitamin C.

Cayenne pepper:  If you can find a way to incorporate a tablespoon of cayenne pepper into your meals, you will enjoy 3.82mg of Vitamin C in your diet or 6% of the daily recommended value for adults. 

Cranberries (dried):  These are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants.

Goji berries:  Goji berries are a very rich source of Vitamin C.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa contains 7x the amount of Vitamin C found in oranges.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential vitamin with antioxidant properties.  In the body, Vitamin E is commonly associated with the health of the skin, but it also plays a role in the proper functioning of many of the body’s organs.

Almonds:  One cup of almonds, though high in calories, provides almost twice the necessary amount of Vitamin E for the day.  If you are not a fan of raw, whole almonds you can also get some of the benefits from almond butter.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Moringa contains 3x the amount of Vitamin E found in spinach.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Pumpkin seeds:  Pumpkin seeds are full of Vitamin E. 

Sunflower seeds:  Half a cup of sunflower seeds provides just over the daily recommended value of Vitamin E for the average adult.

Wheat germ:  Wheat germ has been called a wonder food because of its valuable supply of Vitamin E and B complex.

Zinc

Zinc is needed for the body's defensive (immune) system to properly work.  It plays a role in cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates.  Zinc is also needed for the senses of smell and taste.

Chickpeas:  Chickpeas are an excellent natural source of zinc.

Flaxseed/Linseed:  Flaxseeds get a lot of attention because of their omega-3 and fibre, but they are also a good source of zinc

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  Zinc is found in large quantities in moringa.

NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Pumpkin seeds:  Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc, and the World Health Organization recommends their consumption as a good way of obtaining this nutrient.

Sesame seeds:  Sesame seeds are packed with zinc, and while it is likely you will not be eating large quantities of them, they can basically be sprinkled on just about any dish to add instant nutrition. 

Foods high in fibre

Almonds:  Almonds are an obvious choice for a high fibre diet that will help keep you regular. They make a delicious snack that’s as easy as it is healthy.

Barley:  This is high in fibre, providing both soluble and insoluble fibre.

Brown basmati rice:  Brown rice is highly rich in insoluble fibre, making it an excellent food to add to a healthy, fibre rich diet.  The insoluble fibre in rice helps relieve constipation and helps keep you regular.  Add a serving to your diet once a day or a few times a week to keep your body functioning in tip-top shape. 

Buckwheat:  Buckwheat seeds are very rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre.

Bulgar wheat:  A staple in the Mediterranean diet, bulgur wheat is a good source of both protein and fibre.  Try adding a little cinnamon and honey to cooked bulgur wheat instead of eating sugary cereals or pastries for breakfast.

Chia seeds:  Chia seeds contain about 10 grams of fibre in just two tablespoons, and they are rich in anti-inflammatory phytochemicals for soothing gastrointestinal distress. 

Flaxseed/Linseed:  The fibre in flaxseed promotes healthy bowel function.  One tablespoon of whole flaxseed contains as much fibre as half a cup of cooked oat bran.  Flax’s soluble fibers can lower blood cholesterol levels, helping reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
 

Lentils:  Most people know that beans such as lentils are an essential part of a high fibre diet that keeps the body regular.  It is easy to add lentils into your diet by cooking them with rice, adding them to soups and sauces, or seasoning them with herbs and spices for a tasty side dish. 

Millet:  High in fibre. 

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  From a digestive standpoint, moringa is high in fibre that works like a mop in your intestines to clean up any of that extra grunge left over from a greasy diet.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Oats:   High in fibre.

Oat bran:  High in fibre.

Pumpkin seeds:  High in fibre.

Psyllium husk:  These are very high in fibre and will give your body a gentle clean out. NB Be sure to drink a lot of water when you are taking psyllium husk.

Quinoa:  An important benefit of quinoa is that it is high in fibre.

Sesame seeds:  Sesame seeds are rich in fibre.

Foods high in Omega’s  (Essential fatty acids)

Omega-3 fatty acids are an important element for the body to have, and going without them for too long can lead to inflammatory conditions in the body.

Chia seeds:  Chia seeds are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids.

Flaxseed/Linseed:  These tiny seeds are great to keep in your kitchen because they can go in or on just about anything, and provide instant omega-3 benefits.  They are also high in fibre and healthy fats, so you are really getting multiple benefits from just one food item. 

Hemp seed oil:  Hemp seeds contain a balanced 1:3 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (“essential” meaning your body cannot produce it, so it has to come from an outside source).  This amounts to more than any fish and most fish oil supplements.

Pumpkin seeds:  Pumpkin seeds are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s (alpha-linolenic acid or ALA).

Sunflower seeds:  Sunflower seeds are high in Omega 3’s.

 

If you are struggling to lose weight, the most important thing is to be watching what you eat.

Sugar is the Enemy!!  Not fatty foods.  Eating fat does NOT make you fat.  Make sure that you significantly reduce the amount of sugar/carbohydrates that you eat, not only from a weight loss point of view, but from a health point of view.  Sugar is found not only in sugary foods and drink, but in starchy foods as well such as bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, sadza etc  These foods all turn to sugar in your body. 

Follow Tim Noake’s ‘High Fat, Medium Protein, Low Carb’ eating plan by visiting his website:  The Real Meal Revolution found at www.realmealrevolution.com for what foods you should and should not be eating!  Once you are eating correctly, our products can assist you with your weight loss.

APPETITE SUPPRESSORS

African Mango Extract capsules (Leptin)

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  NB Always dilute before drinking.

Chia seedsChia seeds are thought to help keep your waistline trim by sucking up 10–12 times their weight and thus forming a gel in your stomach that can curb your calorie intake by making you feel full longer. 

Coconut Oil

Colon Night Tea (Leptin)

Garcinia Cambogia (Leptin):  This product contains an extract taken from the Asian fruit called the ‘Tamarind’

Green Coffee (Leptin):  Consists of unroasted coffee beans.  NB:  Contains caffeine.

Oat Bran:  The fibre in oat bran may help to promote weight loss by absorbing water as food passes through the gut, causing an increase in bulk and creating a sense of fullness.

Wheat GrassVery high in fibre.

FAT BURNERS AND METABOLISM BOOSTERS (COMBINED)

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered)Suppresses appetite and speeds up metabolism.

Colon Night Tea (Leptin):  Suppresses appetite and boosts metabolism.

Garcinia Cambogia (Leptin):  Burns fat, suppresses appetite and speeds up metabolism.

Ginger:  Ginger tea is used for weight loss as it increases metabolism, stimulates circulation and excretion of toxins from the body.  NB Do not use if pregnant.

Green Coffee (Leptin):  Suppresses appetite and speeds up metabolism  NB: Contains caffeine

Turmeric:  One of the more widely known benefits of turmeric is its ability to help the body burn fat.  That is why it is being recommended more and more as a dietary aid when trying to lose weight.

DETOX

Colon Cleanse (Powdered Psyllium husk):  This acts as a gentle laxative.

Colon Night Tea (Leptin):  Colon Night tea is used to purify the body from the inside out, cleansing the organs and boosting metabolism.  It cleans the digestive system of any toxins caused by pollution, harsh chemicals and processed foods.

Psyllium husk:  These are very high in fibre and will give your body a gentle clean out.  NB Always drink a lot of water throughout the day when taking psyllium husk

Skinny TeaTox (Leptin):  Combines a unique blend of all natural ingredients that cleanse the organs.  Skinny Teatox does not have a laxative effect – you can drink as many cups as you like! For a 36 day Detox Plan, drink Skinny Teatox every morning and drink the Colon Tea every second night, for a period of 36 days

Super Bowel Flush:  A combination of senna leaf herb and psyllium husk fibre. 

Weight Loss Dried Plums (Leptin):  Dried plums help bowel movement and perform internal cleansing by excreting toxins and faeces.  Therefore, you may find yourself visiting the toilet more often after the plums become part of your daily diet. 

Coconut Oil:  It is said that virgin coconut oil stimulates the production of collagen and therefore speeds up wound healing with less scarring.  Coconut oil owes much of its wound-healing greatness to a unique and phenomenal type of fat molecules called medium chain fatty acids (MCFA).  MCFAs give a quick source of energy to your cells, boosting their metabolic level and enhancing your body’s capacity to heal itself.  This is one of the reasons why MCFA-rich coconut oil can heal wounds, fast!

Eucalyptus essential oil:  You may use eucalyptus oil in a cream or lotion for pain relief and for speeding up the healing of wounds and ulcers.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

 Honey (raw):  The use of honey as a wound dressing extends some 4,500 years into the past. The use of honey for wound healing is based on historical and anecdotal evidence.  Honey and honey poultices applied directly to the skin were commonly used to relieve pain, promote wound healing and treat sores, boils, cuts, abrasions, insect bites, burns and skin disorders. 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  One of the most commonly mentioned benefits of ACV is that those who take it every day report that they rarely get sick.  Apple cider vinegar is full of potassium, calcium, acetic acid, malic acid, pectin, and ash.  It also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties and helps give you strong teeth, bones, and hair.  It is important that the ACV used is organic and unfiltered, so that it keeps its nutritional value in place.  The hazy looking stuff that settles to the bottom is thought to be the most valuable part of organic, unfiltered ACV.  This is called "the mother", and it is thought to be the most nutritious part of the ACV for therapeutic benefits.

Moringa Leaf Powder:  Use as a multi mineral and multi vitamin.  Mix dried leaves in porridge or relish three times a day.  Green leaves can be steamed as a vegetable and can also be used in a salad.  The leaves are used to combat malnutrition especially amongst children. NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

1)       Double up on all your meal portions.  For example, if you are having one chicken breast for dinner, from now on, make that two.

2)      Food timing:  You have to eat frequently throughout the day.  Once every 2-3 hours would be your best bet if you really struggle to get those calories in.

3)      Eat calorie dense and high protein foods

Calorie Dense foods

Almonds:  Nuts are known for being high in calories.  Eating just 1 ounce of almonds every day adds up to 1,183 calories by the end of a week.  If those are extra calories, it will not be long before they add up to weight gain.

Almond nut butter:  Almond butter is a high calorie food and it, along with any nut butter (preferably raw, and unsalted), will help you gain a healthy bit of weight in a short amount of time.

Chia seeds:  While it is true that chia seeds contain no sugar, they are still relatively high in calories.  The seeds are also 20% protein, containing all essential amino acids, which exceeds the protein content of most other grains and seeds.

Dates:  These naturally sweet and chewy fruits are a delicious and healthy alternative to candy, but dates are still calorie dense (with 23 calories each) and can have you racking up your daily intake fast if you eat them mindlessly.  It is believed that dates with milk can help thin people gain weight.

Tahini:  Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of tahini into your diet daily.  Tahini is a savory spread made from ground sesame seeds and olive oil.  Every tablespoon has almost 90 calories, 3g of protein, 8g of unsaturated fat and almost no sugar.  Both protein and healthy fats will help you gain weight. 

High protein foods

Almonds:  A handful of almonds contain more protein than an egg. 

Almond Nut Butter:  Almond butter is first and foremost an ideal source of protein.  Protein is crucial for tissue regeneration and repair.

Chia seeds:  Chia seeds contain a decent amount of protein.  By weight, they are about 14% protein which is very high compared to most plants.  They also contain a good balance of essential amino acids, so our bodies should be able to make use of the protein in them.

ChickpeasChickpeas are a rich source of protein and therefore help people to gain weight.  Chickpeas should also be your anytime carbohydrate source of choice.  If you are having trouble getting big and staying lean, replace some of the rice and grain in your diet with chickpeas.  This versatile bean contains 45 grams of slow acting carbs per cup along with 12 grams of fibre.

FlaxseedFlaxseed is a complete protein source, meaning that it contains every amino acid that your body cannot make on its own.

Hemp seeds:  Contain 24% of your daily requirement.

Millet:  Millet contains eight essential amino acids and can therefore be classed as a complete protein.

Moringa:  Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition.  This contains 2x the amount of protein found in yoghurt.  NB Do not take if you are on blood thinning medication or pregnant.

Protein powders:   Although protein supplements/powders are not an absolute requirement for gaining mass, getting all your protein from whole food is not always practical or convenient.

1)      Hemp protein powder:  Hemp protein supplies enough of the essential amino acids in both quality and quantity to meet the human body’s need. 

2)      Spirulina powder:  Spirulina contains 65-71% complete protein. 

3)      Just Whey (protein concentrate - Health Connection): A 78% whey protein powder which can be used as a protein alternative or supplement by people needing to gain weight. 

4)      Whey powder (Health Connection):  Contains a lower quantity of protein than the concentrate but is still adequate for as a source of protein for those needing to gain weight. 

Quinoa grain:  Quinoa is rich in calories, protein, and carbohydrates.

Sunflower seeds:  These also offer a good amount of protein. 

Wheat germ:  The protein in wheat germ is of a high quality, similar to that of milk.

Grape seed extract:  Contains resveratrol, a natural antioxidant with anti-inflammatory activity.  Grape seed extract can reduce symptoms such as swelling, heaviness and tingling of the legs by supporting blood flow back to the heart. 

Jasmine essential oil:  For respiratory problems, use 5 drops in a steam inhalation.  It is especially good for improving breathing and calming spasms of the bronchii.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Pumpkin seeds:  Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men’s health.  This is in part because of their high zinc content which is important for prostate health (where it is found in the highest concentrations in the body), and also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate).  Research suggests that both pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds may be particularly beneficial in supporting prostate health.

Postnatal Depression

Jasmine essential oil:  For postnatal depression, mix 3-5 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on body.  You can also add 8-10 drops to bath water.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Increase Breast Milk production

Fenugreek:  Mothers who wish to build their milk supplies may consider using fenugreek. Fenugreek is a herb that has long been used by healers as medicine and as a galactogogue (to boost milk supply). 

Jasmine essential oil:  When lactating, jasmine will help promote the flow of breast milk.  Use 8-10 drops in bath water or 3-5 drops in a diluted massage oil regularly.   NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Tissue Salts – Calc. Fluor (Calcium fluoride) no. 7:  This is one of calc. fluor’s most marvelous areas of relief.  The pain and throbbing is immediately eased and, for protruding piles, Calc.  fluor. helps to tone and shrink them. Herbs that contain Calc. Fluor:  Buckwheat.  Ask Vitamin Bar staff for other products.

Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unfiltered):  No one knows exactly why or how it works, but anecdotal evidence supports the use of apple cider vinegar to help shrink and dissolve ovarian cysts.   According to some research, a potassium deficiency may be the cause of cyst formation, and changing your eating habits to consume more potassium may be helpful. Apple cider vinegar is high in potassium, and this may be one of the reasons it is helpful in the treatment of these cysts.

Ginger:  Ginger is very effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, especially sea sickness.  Ginger reduces all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating.  NB  Do not use ginger if you are pregnant.

Citronella essential oil:  Citronella oil is popularly used as an insect repellent.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Lemongrass essential oil:  Lemongrass oil is also known for its ability to repel insects, such as mosquitoes and ants, due to its high citral and geraniol content.   Spray it around your home, diffuse it, or rub a diluted mixture onto your skin.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Oh Lief Insect repellant balm:  This 100% organic and natural balm protects the entire family from mosquitoes and other insects.  How to use:  Frequently apply small amounts to the neck, arms and legs.  

Women

Evening primrose oil:  This has an excellent impact on fertility, as it helps to improve the condition of the cervix and creates a welcoming environment for the fertilized egg to develop in and women trying to conceive should use it up until the moment of ovulation.

Maca root powder:  Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form.  Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called ‘Peruvian ginseng’. Often referred to as an Incan superfood, Maca is considered by many as a potent, yet safe, fertility-enhancing herb with relevance for both women and men.  Maca tastes malted, like Horlicks!  Try adding it to smoothies, desserts and sweet treats.

Wheatgrass:  Wheatgrass contains good levels of folic acid -- a B-vitamin vital for women during the time of conception. 

Men

Almonds:  These contain the magic nutrient: Vitamin E.  Studies suggest that Vitamin E can improve sperm health in men.   Low levels of Vitamin E are often found in men with fertility problems.

Jasmine essential oil:  To promote male fertility, use regularly in massage (3-5 drops mixed with 1 ounce of carrier oil).  You can also add 8-10 drops to bath water or use 3-5 drops in a diffuser. 

Maca root powder:  Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form.  Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called ‘Peruvian ginseng’ Often referred to as an Incan superfood, Maca is considered by many as a potent, yet safe, fertility-enhancing herb with relevance for both women and men.  Maca tastes malted, like Horlicks!  Try adding it to smoothies, desserts and sweet treats.

Wheatgrass:  Wheatgrass supplements or juice can naturally increase anti-oxidant levels, using organic nutrients to fight free radicals that may lower fertility.  Wheatgrass is an excellent source of nutritional anti-oxidants, including Vitamin C, E, chlorophyll and trace amounts of beta-carotene and selenium.  Some research has found that men who take anti-oxidant supplements have a significantly higher pregnancy rate.

Zinc:  It is believed that up to 40% of the adult male population is zinc deficient and zinc is one of the primary nutrients required by the prostate, used in sperm production and shown to reduce prostate diseases.  Zinc deficiency has been linked to a major cause of low testosterone levels in men.  Fortunately, pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and an excellent natural form of this essential mineral.  Pumpkin seeds also contain other essential sex drive minerals like calcium, potassium, niacin, and phosphorous, as well as libido boosting vitamins such as the B vitamins, and vitamins E, C, D, and K.  

Essential oils:  A lot of headaches can be effectively treated with natural means including essential oils (peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus).  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Apple cider vinegar:  Vinegar is beneficial in getting rid of smelly feet as it creates an acidic environment in which bacteria cannot survive.  You can use any type of vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar for this home remedy.  How to use: 1. Prepare a mixture of one-half cup of vinegar and six to eight cups of hot water.  2. Soak your feet in it for 10 to 15 minutes.  3. Finally, wash your feet thoroughly with soap to remove the vinegar smell.

Epsom Salts:  Epsom salt can also minimize the smell coming from your feet as it fights microbial infection and neutralizes foot odor.  A detoxifying foot bath with Epsom salt is also soothing for aching feetHow to use: 1. Mix two teaspoons of Epsom salt in half a bucket of warm water.  2. Soak your feet in the solution for 10 to 15 minutes.  For best results, do this before going to sleep so that you do not have to wear socks or shoes for a few hours.

Lavender essential oil:  Lavender oil not only smells good but also helps kill bacteria.  Plus, it has antifungal properties that are effective in treating foot odor.  How to use: 1. Put a few drops of lavender essential oil in warm water.  2. Soak your feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes.  3. Repeat twice daily for a few days.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Sea salt:  Take some sea salt and add it to lukewarm water.  Soak your feet in it.  Leave your feet to dry naturally.

 

Chia seeds:  These can be used as an egg substitute.  When immersed in liquid, chia seeds form a gel, and make a great egg substitute.  To replace one egg, combine 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water.  Stir together and let stand for 15 to 30 minutes, or until thick and gelatinous.

Flaxseed/Linseed:  Flaxseed makes a great egg substitute.  How to use:  1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds, 3 tablespoons water (or other liquid).  Stir together until thick and gelatinous.

Cacao (raw) powder:  The Incas considered it the drink of gods.  Cacao contains the mood improver ‘anandamide’ known as the bliss molecule, which creates a feeling of euphoria.

Essential Oils:  Jasmine: The aroma of jasmine essential oil has a pleasing and uplifting effect on the mind and actively fights depression.  The aromatic effect of jasmine oil stimulates the release of certain hormones in the body, including serotonin, which results in the boost of energy and the uplifted mood.  Add 8-10 drops to bath water.  Other essential oils known to encourage happy, joyous moods are lavender, peppermint, grapefruit, chamomile, lemon, and ylang-ylang.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids:  The higher your blood levels of omega-3 fats the higher your levels of serotonin will be. 

Pumpkin seedsFor those who are down in the dumps, pumpkin seeds can help fight through depression. The chemical component L-tryptophan is the secret ingredient to boost your mood.
 

Turmeric:  Research shows that many cases of depression may be caused by an allergic reaction to inflammation.  Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, containing curcumin which is its main biological active phytochemical component.  It is suggested that curcumin increases levels of “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine.
 

Vitamins & Minerals:  The most promising nutrients for improving mood are vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid; as well as the minerals zinc, chromium and magnesium.  Correcting low zinc levels can have remarkable results for people with depression and schizophrenia.  Seeds and seed foods are rich in zinc. (See Food Sources of Vitamins, Minerals, Fibre, Omegas)  Giving Vitamin C in large amounts has also been proven to enhance recovery from depression.  

Almonds:  Almonds contain high levels of anti-oxidants, healthy plant oils, and energy-boosting protein.  They can help to improve circulation and ward off more serious forms of circulatory disease by reducing inflammation and oxidative damage in the arteries.

Cayenne pepper:  Cayenne helps your circulation by removing blockages, allowing nutrients and oxygen deep into your tissue.  Carrying away wastes and toxins from the cells is the reverse side of circulation, assisting the blood in its cleansing as well as nourishing action.

Ginger:  Made into hot tea, ginger releases the compounds gingerol and protease, bringing a rush of comforting warmth that actually increases cardiovascular circulation.

Ginkgo biloba:  Ginkgo biloba is another all-round circulation booster.  It is most widely known for its ability to improve memory, due to its ability to increase blood flow through the brain.  Ginkgo, like cayenne pepper, improves blood flow and strengthens blood vessels.

Goji berries:  Goji berries have been documented to improve blood circulation all over your body.

Rosemary essential oil:  Tense, cramped muscles can easily pinch off blood flow, leading to symptoms of poor circulation like numbness or cold hands and feet.  If you frequently experience muscle soreness, especially in the back or shoulders, get someone to massage these cramped areas with rosemary essential oil mixed in a carrier such as sweet almond or olive oil at a ratio of 25 – 30 drops per 2 ounces, respectively.  NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Clinical studies have confirmed that autistic children have shown marked behavioral improvement when supplemented with certain vitamins and minerals in their diet.

Magnesium:  While a balanced, nutritious diet is essential for all children, magnesium is specifically relevant for those suffering from autism.  Magnesium deficiency can lead to a number of symptoms that are in line with commonly seen behavioral patterns in autistic children, including rocking, teeth grinding, anxiety, poor concentration, and a low attention span.  By ensuring that magnesium is a part of every day’s nutrient intake, those symptoms can be reduced, allowing for more productive behavioral therapy and improved behavior.

Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acid:  Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid have a crucial role in maintaining brain functions and have helped children with autism.  Include fish like salmon and mackerel in your child’s daily diet.

Probiotics:  Many researchers have argued that one of the most obvious causes of autism was dietary in nature.  In other words, the health of the gut and the intake of nutrients were the two major culprits behind the severity (or even development) of autism.  Intestinal permeability has been closely linked to autism, and probiotics are often the best remedy.

Sugar free and Gluten Free:  Although research is still ongoing on this particular treatment strategy, there are many who believe that by eliminating sugar, gluten, and other processed foods, the symptoms of autism can be reduced.

Turmeric:  As one of the most potent and versatile herbs in common use, turmeric offers antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant effects to the body.  This can significantly improve the health of the gut and ensure proper nutrient intake so that many of the symptoms of autism can be lessened or eliminated altogether.

Vitamin B6:  Vitamin B6 has a potential effect on behavior in autistic children.  Some studies show that Vitamin B along with magnesium is necessary for several neurotransmitters in the brain, which lead to interest in its use for autism.  Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseed and pumpkin seeds all contain Vitamin B6.

Vitamin C:  Autism sufferers appear to have higher frequency rates of scurvy, as though their bodies do not process or intake it well enough, further supporting the validity of a diet-based strategy to reduce the symptoms.  Keeping a high Vitamin C intake in the body helps with the development of collagen, antioxidant activity, cognitive function and cellular repair and health throughout the body, all of which could improve the symptoms and sensitivities of certain autistic individuals.

Vitamin D:  This critical nutrient in our diet is often forgotten or overlooked in exchange for the more “high-profile” vitamins.  However, Vitamin D is crucial for both children and mothers. Low levels of Vitamin D in pregnant women have been connected with higher levels of infant autism, while Vitamin D deficiency is linked with leaky gut syndrome and other conditions that affect the gastrointestinal system, a critical aspect of autism development, as explained above. Finally, Vitamin D affects the function of neurotransmitters, which are often negatively affected in autism sufferers.

Apple cider vinegar:  Apple cider vinegar is a natural antihistamine.  To a glass of water add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and drink.  Repeat three times a day for four days and say goodbye to allergies of the season.  NB Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to vinegar.

Chamomile:  This is rich in anti-histamine properties.  Drink chamomile tea about 2-3 times a day.  NB Chamomile can cause histaminic allergic reactions in some very sensitive people. If this occurs, simply discontinue.

Echinacea:  Echinacea is a widely used herbal remedy for treatment of upper respiratory tract infections.  This purple coneflower has shown to have anti-histamine properties. 

Evening primrose:  Evening primrose oil taken throughout the year can decrease your allergic response.  The essential fatty acid found in evening primrose oil is particularly anti-inflammatory.

Fennel:  Fennel is rich with the antioxidant flavonoid "Quercetin".  Quercetin is a strong natural anti-histamine shown to be very helpful for allergies and histamine-related inflammation. Make as a tea and drink 2-3 times per day. 

Ginger:  Ginger works well on allergic reactions such as hives and wheals.  Slice up a ginger root and boil it in eight cups of water for 30 minutes.  Allow the herbs to steep for another 30 minutes after you have boiled it.  Drink 2 to 3 cups a day.  You may add the tea to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes.  Dip a wash cloth in the tea once it is at room temperature and use as a compress.  NB Do not use if pregnant.

Spirulina:  Spirulina is a freshwater algae which occurs naturally in the highly alkaline volcanic lakes of Africa and Mexico.  According to one study,  patients treated with spirulina reported relief from symptoms commonly associated with allergic rhinitis, such as nasal discharge and congestion, sneezing and itching, when given spirulina.

Turmeric:  Curcumin, the primary active compound in turmeric root powder, has been reported to inhibit histamine release from mast cells.  As histamine can trigger eczema outbreaks, turmeric is a great food for eczema sufferers.  Histamine is also known to increase inflammation and cause constriction of smooth muscles in some people with asthma, which is why it is not surprising that turmeric is also considered one of the best foods for fighting asthma. In addition to offering potential health benefits for asthma and eczema sufferers, turmeric root may be beneficial for anyone with an allergy-related condition.  Much of the anti-histamine and anti-allergenic power of turmeric has been attributed to the strong anti-oxidant properties of this superfood.

Vitamin C:  Vitamin C on its own is an excellent natural antihistamine.  

Cayenne pepper:  Cayenne pepper also called ‘capsicum’ is a strong spice used for thousands of years for its healing power and antibiotic effects.  It is not just an anecdotal, folklore remedy, however.  Science is validating its use as a natural antibiotic as well.

Garlic (fresh or capsules):  Garlic is a great natural antibiotic and the reason is that it kills pathogens, not just bacteria but also fungus and viruses too without harming beneficial gut flora.

Turmeric:  Turmeric is a spice widely used in traditional Indian cooking that has been used holistically for centuries.  Numerous studies show this spice to have powerful antibiotic properties.  

Cayenne pepper:  This stimulates endorphin production and is an anti-inflammatory agent. Topically it is used diluted in salves, as it blocks transmission of substance P, which transports pain messages to brain.

Turmeric:  As it is an anti-inflammatory, turmeric works in exactly the same way as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.

Wintergreen essential oil:  Also among natural pain relievers, wintergreen essential oil contains 85-99% of methyl salicylate, the same component of aspirin.   NB Some essential oils are not safe for use during pregnancy.  Consult your doctor before use.

Amino acids are the building blocks of all biological proteins.

Barley grass powder:  A superfood, naturally high in amino acids.

Goji berries:  Goji berries are unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids.

Hemp seeds:  Hemp protein contains all 20 known amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.

L-Glutamine powder (Natures Choice)

Maca Root powder:  Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form.  Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called ‘Peruvian ginseng’.  It contains nearly 20 amino acids and 7 essential amino acids.  Maca tastes malted, like Horlicks!  Try adding it to smoothies, desserts and sweet treats. 

Quinoa:  It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids.

Spirulina:  Spirulina has the highest concentration of digestible vegetable protein with a perfectly balanced combination of essential amino acids.

Wheat grass powder:  A superfood, naturally high in amino acids.