Yarrow

May 10, 2017

YARROW (Achillea millefolium) This herb is often used internally to treat excessive bleeding, indigestion, and diarrhoea amongst other ailments, and externally to help heal minor cuts and scrapes. Yarrow is also used in cosmetics to treat oily skin and as a cleanser. It is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae (aster, daisy, or sunflower) family and is native to temperate regions of Asia, Europe, and North America. Its name is derived from the Greek hero Achilles as he supposedly used it to heal soldier’s wounds during the Trojan War. It is also known as: blood wort, carpenter’s weed, knight’s milfoil, old man’s pepper, nosebleed, and staunch grass.   HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Reduces fevers by inducing sweating
  • Has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Aids with diarrhoea, indigestion, flatulence, and dyspepsia by getting the bile and pancreatic juices required for digestion flowing
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Treats colds and the flu
  • Lessens menstrual bleeding
  • Relieves tooth aches
  • Acts as a decongestant to clear up coughs and sinus infections
  • Treats skin conditions such as eczema
  • Alleviates allergies
  • Prevents haemorrhaging and treats varicose veins by toning blood vessels and dilating capillaries
  • Is a po

November 15, 2016

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is related to seasonal changes. This condition is also known as: winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, or seasonal depression. To be correctly diagnosed, the affected person should be known to have normal mental health throughout the rest of the year, with periods of depression occurring at the same time each year, usually winter. It is caused by the variation of light exposure in different seasons, most commonly, lack of light in winter. The lack of sunlight decreases the chemical serotonin (which regulates mood), and increases the production of the chemical melatonin (increases sleep and drowsiness). Cases of SAD are rare in Australia and are more likely to occur in places further from the equator where the days are shorter.   Symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Oversleeping
  • Poor sleep
  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased libido
  • Body aches
  • Overeating
  • Weight gain
  • Sadness
  • Moodiness
  • Anger
  • Emptiness
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Cravings for carbohydrates
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Restlessness and irritability

  This condition is readily treated by Light Therapy which involves exposu

November 9, 2016

HAY FEVER

Scientifically known as Allergic Rhinitis, hay fever affects about 1 in 5 people in Australia, and roughly 500 million people worldwide. It is defined as an allergy that affects the nose, and occurs when the insides of the nose become inflamed due to the over sensitised immune system reacting to certain substances which the body sees as a threat. This swelling is due to the release of histamines and other chemicals in the body. The majority of hay fever sufferers have found that their condition is worse at night. This is because night time is the worst time for pollen levels, or because the pillow on which they sleep may be full of dust mites (approximately 50 000 dust mites live in the average pillow). Hay fever can trigger asthma attacks as the level of inflammatory chemicals released from hay fever reactions increases, and causes muscle spasms and swelling in wider ranging mucous membranes.  

SYMPTOMS:

  • Mucous discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Itchiness
  • Congestion and blocked nose
  • Eye irritation
  • Watery eyes
  • Sinus pain
  • Throat itchiness
  • Snoring
  • Headaches

 

CAUSES:

  • Pollen (particularly grass pollen)
  • Dust
  • Dander
  • Mould
  • Dust mites
  • Fungal spores
  • Smoke