HAPPY AND BLESSED 2017

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It’s the time again,

The old bells fade into the air,

for the new year bells.

 

Haiku Poetry – Bells, Ring

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NATURAL HOME REMEDIES -ESSENTIAL OILS

The medicines on several counters are filled with filth because instead of curing diseases, they make our health worse. We are filled with a lot of uncertainty as to whether we will get better by taking those drugs or not.

Therefore, instead of worrying, we need to make radical changes regarding how we treat our bodies. Rather than fill them with filthy medicines, let us go natural.

Yesterday, we talked about medicinal herbs we need to grow in our homes. Today, I add essential oils to the list of natural remedies.

A mixture of herbs and essential oils is a sure way to keep your family and surroundings healthy and great for you.

Here are some essential oils you may want to have in close reach;

Common Essential Oils 


Tea tree essential oil

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This is a great oil but should never be taken internally. It is also not suitable for small babies or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Benefits

  • treats toenail fungus, dandruff, boils, warts, insect bites, and head lice
  • fights vaginal infections
  • clears chest congestion
  • eliminates body odour
  • improves oral health
  • it is an effective insect repellent

If your skin is not sensitive, you can dampen a cotton swab, add a drop of the oil then rub it on the affected area.


Rosemary essential oil

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It has got a strong, fresh, camphor-like aroma mainly used for cosmetic and house cleaning uses. However, it is not suitable for pregnant women, for people suffering from epilepsy and hypertension and for anyone taking homoeopathic medicines.

Benefits

  • used for aromatherapy as it boosts memory, deals with mood swings, and several psychological issues
  • it is a potent antioxidant
  • antiseptic hence support oral health. Add 2-3 drops of rosemary oil to a glass of lukewarm water to use it as a mouthwash.
  • has got anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve respiratory problems
  • reduces muscle pain
  • soothes digestive uses
  • fights vaginal infections
  • reduces headaches
  • treats coughs
  • stimulates hair follicles and boosts hair growth. Add 2-3 drops of rosemary oil to a carrier oil then massage your hair and scalp.

Rosemary essential oil is a strong oil. Therefore, using it alongside a carrier oil is a great idea.


Peppermint essential oil

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It has got a strong, penetrating menthol aroma with a sweet undertone. It possesses anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic and expectorant properties hence providing many health benefits.

Benefits

  • relieves stomachaches
  • treats digestive issues and heartburn
  • cures bad breath
  • relieves headaches. Rub 2-3 drops of the oil on your forehead and temples for relief.
  • improves mental health
  • treats respiratory problems
  • helps to reduce anger
  • eases depression
  • combats fatigue, stress and anxiety. Put some drops of the oil into your handkerchief and inhale on a regular basis
  • boosts one’s moods
  • keeps rodents out of your property, not to mention ants and cockroaches. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and place it in their path or entry areas.

It can be inhaled or used externally

However, desist from using this oil in excess as it has got side effects such as headaches and heartburn.


Lavender essential oil

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It is a calming oil with a floral smell that draws people in. It has got antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antidepressant properties.

Benefits

  • treats anxiety
  • treats respiratory problems. Drop some lavender oil into a humidifier
  • treats minor burns
  • treats wounds, insect bites and stings
  • treats earaches
  • treats acne
  • treats hair loss and several women’s health issues.
  • repels mosquitoes. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to a carrier oil say olive oil and apply to your skin.
  • helps to alleviate headaches, stress, and insomnia. For better sleep patterns, 2-3 drops of the oil onto your pillow or handkerchief for inhaling will do the trick

It is used both internally and externally


Oregano essential oil

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Known to have culinary and health benefits,the oil has got a warm spicy herbaceous and camphoraceous scent.  The main components in this oil are thymol, terpinene, cymene and carvacrol.  It possesses antifungal, antibacterial, diaphoretic, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, mild tonic, antiparasitic, carminative and antioxidant properties. These make it very beneficial to your health

Benefits

  • treats fungal infections
  • treats sore throats
  • treats sprains
  • treats tendonitis
  • treats warts
  • treats cysts
  • treats arthritis pain
  • deals with herpes
  • treats candida
  • treats shingles
  • it’s a repellent against fleas bedbugs, lice, and mites. Add a few drops of the oil into some water and spray in the places where they are hiding.
  • eliminates odour and bacteria. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to a bottle of water and spray on the countertops

Eucalyptus essential oil

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It has got a mild pungent yet sweet and refreshing aroma. It is often used as an ingredient in manufacturing inhalers, mouthwashes, liniments, and vapour rubs. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antiseptic, stimulating, disinfectant,  analgesic, antispasmodic, deodorant, and antibacterial properties making it a medicinal essential oil.

Benefits

  • treats boils
  • boosts immunity
  • treats bug bites
  • relieves muscle aches
  • treats burns
  • relieves congestion
  • used in aromatherapy hence treating several respiratory issues like asthma, sinus pain, respiratory tract infections. Add 2-3 drops of the oil into a pan of boiling water and inhale the steam
  • treats wounds
  • increases one’s concentration
  • relieves  stress
  • acts as a repellant and biopesticide
  • eliminates germs and odour. Add a few drops of the oil into a bottle of water and spray in bathrooms and kitchens
  • used to add flavour to cooking, confectionery, baking, beverages, and meat products

Lemon essential oil

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It has a refreshing scent, like one from a freshly peeled lemon. It has got antiviral,  antidepressant,  detoxifying,  carminative,  astringent,  antihistamine,  sleep-inducing,  antibacterial properties hence qualifying it to have health benefits.

It is used as an ingredient in soaps, body lotions, perfumes, face washes, and  scented candles.

Benefits

  • cures sore throats
  • treats viral and bacterial mouth infections
  • improves one’s breath. Add 2-3 drops of the oil a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash.
  • treats insect stings and bites
  • deals with respiratory problems
  • deals with skin problems
  • treats hair loss
  • treats headaches
  • improves one’s moods
  • used to fight anxiety and stress
  • great for pregnant women as it helps with nausea and vomiting
  • fights dandruff. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to your shampoo before you wash your hair.

Chamomile essential oil (Roman)

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It has got a warm fruity scent and is a common ingredient in aromatherapy and beauty products. It has got hepatic, digestive, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue, bactericidal,  sedative,  antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-infectious,  carminative,  antispasmodic and calming properties.

Benefits

  • treats boils
  • relieves bee stings
  • treats dry skin
  • treats eczema
  • relieves bruises
  • treats burns
  • treats dermatitis
  • deals with insomnia. Use the oil in a diffused form
  • relieves stress and anxiety
  • deals with irritability and depression more so that brought on by menopause or PMS
  • treats diaper rash
  • deals with sunburn
  • deals with bad breath. Add a few drops of the oil to warm water
  • treats tonsillitis and dental abscesses
  • eases muscle pain. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to your massage oil and massage the affected areas

To deal with skin problems, the oils is used topically either in a diluted or undiluted form

For diaper rash or burns, add a few drops of the oil to any cream you are using

To make a mouthwash, add a few drops of the oil to warm water

However, if you are allergic to ragweed, do not use this oil


Clove essential oil

Clove-Essential-Oil.jpgIt has got a rather strong and sharp earthy scent. It possesses antifungal,  stimulating, antiseptic,  antiparasitic,  analgesic,  anti-inflammatory, analgesic,  antibacterial properties.

Clove oil is very strong. Therefore, you need to dilute it before using it on your skin.

Benefits

  • Treats athlete’s foot
  • treats fungal infections
  • treats asthma
  • deals with indigestion
  • treats toothaches and gum issues. Put a drop or 2 of the oil on a cotton ball and rub it on the sore tooth plus the surrounding gum.
  • repels mosquitos and other insects. Add 2-3 drops of the oil into a diffuser.
  • treats earaches
  • relieves headaches
  • deals with prickly heat rash

However, pregnant women plus those with kidney or liver problems can not use this oil. People allergic to eugenol can not use it either as it is the main component of the oil.


Frankincense essential oil

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It possesses as a woodsy, warm and balsamic scent. It is a great oil because of its disinfectant, carminative, disinfectant, diuretic,  sedative,  antiseptic,  expectorant,  antiseptic and astringent properties.

Benefits

  • treats minor burns
  • treats wrinkles
  • helps with scar tissues
  • treats insect bites
  • treats boils
  • relieves scrapes
  • reduces anxiety and stress
  • fights stress
  • promotes sleep
  • used for massage
  • relieves nasal congestion. Put 2-3 drops of the oil into a handkerchief and inhale
  • treats migraines and headaches
  • reduces pain from arthritis and menstrual periods as well as general body pains. Add a few drops of the oil to your bath water
  • it is a repellant. Put some drops of the oil in a humidifier.
  • stops cancer from spreading

Before using this oil on your skin, it is advisable to dilute it using a carrier oil.


Let us get anxiety and stress out of living. With these little gifts from nature, we can make living more exciting and enjoyable. Our anticipations will be fulfilled in the comfort of our homes at our own terms.

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NATURAL HOME REMEDIES – HERBS

 

The times are changing . So much so that the need to save lives is being superseded by the need to make money. The desire to preserve is not a priority anymore. It is little wonder that the pharmaceutical industry has lowered its standards that some of the medicines being churned out are destroying rather than curing.  I didn’t think that the love of money would get as bad as it is today.

So as I primp my babies for long life and not premature death, I guess going vegetal is a great idea.

Here are some herbs you may want to grow in your backyard. Not only will they provide you with food, they also have medicinal properties that will improve your health and that of your family members.


Herbs

Aloe vera

aloe-veraThis skin-friendly plant is one medicinal plant that people have used for years. That is because it is safe and does not need processing before it is used. It is a must-have in any home, whether in pots or a garden.

It grows well in warm areas where conditions rarely or never get very frosty. This succulent plant is drought resistant plant needing minimal care and can thrive in poor soils. While there are several aloe types, not all are edible or have medicinal properties as those of Aloe Vera.

Benefits

  • apply on minor cuts and burns and they will dry up
  • relieves inflamed or damaged skin caused by skin conditions such as eczema
  • it is a moisturiser with anti-inflammatory and mild antimicrobial effects
  • relieves digestive problems such as ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome
  • prevents constipation

The plant’s pulp can also be eaten.


Lavender

lavender-1117275_960_720It is grown for its pleasant fragrance as well as therapeutic uses. It has got antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Benefits 

  • inhaling its fragrance is calming hence dealing with depression and headache
  • its flowers are a source of essential oils used in aromatherapy
  • eases sleep. Just add a few lavender flowers to your bath water or put a pouch of the dried leaves under your pillow to improve your sleep.
  •  it helps with damaged skin. Infuse the flowers in water to wash your face or damaged skin
  • it helps in clearing acne
  • fastens healing of sores, wounds and cuts

Rosemary

rosemary_plantsWhile it is a woody shrub, it deserves a place in your herb garden because of its culinary and medicinal purposes.

Benefits

    • Known for as a herb for remembrance, it enhances memory and concentration. Therefore, a great herb for people with Alzheimer’s diseases.
    • studies also show that it’s oil improves cognitive function and reduce brain ageing
  • helps with mood swings
  • improves one’s breathe by sweetening it

Rosemary can be grown in a pot or a garden. For maximum benefit, use it regularly for cooking and for herbal teas.


Feverfew

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Both the leaves and flowers of this plant have got medicinal properties.

Benefits

  • use the leaves and flowers for herbal teas
  • the leaves are chewed to ease headaches and migraines
  • it provides relief for arthritis
  • it helps with skin conditions

 


Pepper mint

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It is a hybrid of spearmint and watermint.

Benefits

  • used in the manufacture of dental hygiene products like toothpaste
  • used in herbal teas to calm stomach pains and relieve stomach flatulence
  • helps with freshening one’s breath
  • sniff on it regularly to help with nausea and vomitting brought on by motion sickness
  • the active ingredients menthol helps with cooling the skin. Rub the leaves in your hands or pound them then apply that to your skin to deal with itching and burning due to skin allergies and inflammatory issues
  • it has also got a mild analgesic action
  • relieves muscle cramps
  • soothes headaches
  • it speeds up the healing of sores

You can grow in your garden. However, it must be in a place where there is assured water with plenty of room to spread.


Lemon Balm

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

Coming from the same family as pepper mint, lemon balm is a great medicinal herb.

Benefits

  • relieves anxiety
  • soothes  wounds and insect bites
  • relieves insomnia
  • deals with gas dues to digestive problems
  • relieves stomach upsets
  • fastens the healing of cold sores.

Chamomile

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A medicine chest is incomplete without this plant, more so its flower heads. These heads could be used in the fresh form or dried for later use. There are several chamomile types but the one referred to here is the Roman chamomile.

Benefits

  • the flowers heads are great for infusions
  • the salves relive colic, tension, anxiety and indigestion. For that colicky baby, a tablespoon or two of the herbal tea is enough to calm them down.
  • the flower heads are great for herbal tea. This helps to deal with insomnia
  • deals with eczema; bathe the affected area with the cooled tea as often as possible

For a great cup of chamomile tea, add a handful of the flower heads into a cup and add boiling water. Leave it for 15-20 minutes before you  can drain.


Sage

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It has got antiseptic properties because of thyme, the active ingredient in sage.

Benefits

  • relieves mouth and throat inflammations
  • improves appetite
  • treats flatulence
  • treats cough
  • deals with indigestion
  • relieves congestion
  • helps with hormonal imbalance
  • its herbal tea relieves dysmenorrhea and symptoms caused by menaupause
  • relieves respiratory issues such as asthma
  • reduces excessive salivation and sweating
  • treats depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia because it is neuroprotective

Thyme

thymeIt is a perennial herb with aromatic leaves. It grows in places with abundant sunshine and also thrives between boulders and rocks. It is antiseptic because of the active ingredient, thymol.

Benefits

  • helps with bad breathe; make an infusion of the herb and gargle
  • deals with mouth sores
  • treats laryngitis
  • treats tonsillitis
  • reduces throat infections; crush fresh thyme and apply it on the neck
  • reduces exhaustion; put thyme in a pan of hot water and inhale the vapours
  • treats respiratory problems such as chest congestions, whooping cough, bronchitis. To deal with these issues, a teaspoon of thyme extract added to a teaspoon of honey will relieve the patient. It works for children as well. However, you need to give it to them in small portions

Pot marigold

marigold-potIts colorful flowers make it a delight to have in the garden.

Benefits

  • the leaves are edible and help with several skin issues.
  • The leaves also help with skin problems. Crush the leaves and apply to your skin to relieve sunburns, clear up skin blemishes and acne
  • it is an antiseptic on bruises and cuts
  • helps to stop bleeding,
  • reduces inflammation caused by cuts and nicks
  • its herbal tea relieves varicose veins and helps with digestion issues

Broadleaf plantain

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Many look at it as a weed but it has several benefits due to its wound-healing,  anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Benefits

  • its fresh leaves can be crushed to promote healing and deal with pain caused by wounds, skin sores, insect bites and wounds
  • the herbal tea from this herb helps to control diarrhoea as it is astringent
  • eating the leaves helps with gout

 


Parsley

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This herb is packed with nutrients plus healing powers. It helps with flatulence and deal with bad breath

 

 


Basil

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It helps to boost one’s appetite, relieves flatulence, heals scrapes and cuts. The young leaves the best to use.

 


 

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FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE

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She gave her life for the wellness of others. ‘To volunteer is to thrive’, had been her mantra. In that, she found peace, she found fulfilment. For Nancy, it has never been about money. Her satisfaction came from simple things like a smile from a once unhappy child, seeing a once ailing family get out of the woods, rescuing an abandoned child, helping an abused person and the like.

She, therefore made it a point to have no attachments to property or people because she had learned earlier in life that leaving was so painful. She hated the way her emotions had played havoc on her when it was time for goodbyes.

Needless to say, she had been to millions of locations. And after learning to keep her emotions in check, upping and leaving was no longer a problem.

It has been 20 years since she embarked on her humanitarian  journey and apart from failing to start a family of her own, she has no regrets. Besides, she’d been warned about that earlier in life and she had come to terms with it or rather made peace with it.

It has been one adventure after another with amassed fulfilment and contentment.

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LOCAL – THE UGANDAN WAY

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*A mud wattle house, usually found in the countryside*

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*A brick and mortar house yet to be fully furnished*

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*A group of men gather to drink a local brew*

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*A plate furnished with local foods*

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*Another taste of local Ugandan food*

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*Blind men play the Adungu, a local musical instrument*

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QUOTES – CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Thank you Mandibelle for nominating me for the 3 quotes 3-day challenge.

Rules of the challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

"There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do." - Dr. Temple Grandin:

"Please understand I have a disability, not a disease. You can't catch it. I may walk, talk and move differently than you do, but on the inside I'm not so different.":

 

Deaf people need not be altered -by technology- to fit in to a Hearing community. Be welcoming to all.:

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I nominate;

  1. Jacqueline 
  2. Martha
  3. Not the Average Mama