5+ reasons as to why bergamot is an essential oil you should always have around

Bergamot oranges, a small, green citrus fruit grown in southern Italy, is good for more than just tea and cooking. Due the bitterness of the fruit, it is generally not eaten, but, rather, the peel is used in cooking. Bergamot oil is used to make Earl Grey tea as well.
Probably the biggest use of bergamot oranges, though, is to make bergamot oil. This oil comes from the peel of the fruit and is used in many home remedies. Here are 5+ ways to put bergamot oil to use in your home.

 

1. Reduce stress. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, inhaling bergamot essential oil vapor may help reduce stress. There are two ways to create the vapor: place a few drops in a pan of hot water or use a diffuser.
2. Increase mental awareness. If feeling like you’re operating in a fog, WebMD recommends having bergamot oil diffused in the area you work. It should help increase your mental awareness.
3. Reduce anxiety. When fighting anxiety, lavender is commonly thought of as the go-to oil. The U.S. National Library of Medicine states that inhaling bergamot may also help decrease your feelings of anxiety and reduce your heart rate.
4. Fight flu. No one wants to catch the flu, so Medical News Todayreminds people that bergamot oil is “effective against flu viruses as a vapor after just 10 minutes of exposure.”
5. Alleviate irritable bowl disease. The U.S. National Library of Medicine released information stating that bergamot juice extract appears to help with treating irritable bowl disease symptoms.
6. Heal wounds. This essential oil has long been used in Italy for treating wounds and helping them heal. Medical News Today states that the antimicrobial abilities of the oil may be why it’s effective. Cut the oil with a carrier oil before using it topically.
7. Hair growth. Will you regrow all your hair if you’re bald? Probably not, but Medical News Today does share that it does appear to stimulate the scalp, leading to better hair growth. Combine 2 to 3 drops of bergamot essential oil with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil like coconut oil. Massage this mixture into your scalp for 2 to 3 minutes. It’s best to apply it at night before bed.

 

Remember that if you apply the oil topically, you should avoid being out in the sun. As with any home remedy, speak with your doctor before trying it just to make sure it’s safe for you.

Ways to deal with bloating from water weight gain

Have you ever woken up, stepped on the scale and realized your weight has gone up 5 pounds? Is it even possible to eat enough food in one day to gain that much weight overnight? Probably not. According to Paleo Leap, water retention is the most likely culprit for such a big jump in numbers.
Water retention is a common condition in pregnant women, individuals on medications and inactive individuals. The results of water retention include swelling and weight gain, according to Healthy Food House. Fortunately, researchers know what causes water retention and even have a few tips for how you can drop the water weight with a few simple changes in your routine.

 

Cause: Too much sodium
Eating foods that contain a lot of salt is a significant cause of water retention, especially if you aren’t drinking enough water to flush the salt out of your system. When you consume too much salt, your body retains water to help maintain a natural balance. A diet high in sodium can result in water cells that are enlarged by 20 times.
Solution: Eat less processed food
A simple solution is to replace processed foods with natural foods. Boxed pastas, soups and even canned vegetables contain significant amounts of sodium. Opt for fresh or frozen vegetables and low-sodium soups and sauces.
Additionally, consider replacing your traditional table salt with Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt, as these salts purportedly help reduce water retention, according to Healthy Food House.
CauseDehydration
Your body wants to live. When you don’t drink enough water, your body fights back to make sure you have enough water in your system to survive. While the Hollywood version of dehydration is fairly dramatic, most people you see aren’t drinking enough water, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Remedy: Drink more water
Drinking at least eight, 8-ounce (240 ml) glasses a day is a must, to ensure that your body functions properly, according to Discover Good Nutrition. Other health experts argue that you should drink half your body weight in water. If you find chugging glasses of water hard to do, try adding more fruits and veggies to your diet (the water content counts toward your daily goal, too).
Cause: Magnesium deficiency
Healthy Food House reports that water retention can be a symptom of not enough magnesium in the body. Your body uses magnesium in nearly all of its processes. When you don’t have enough, your body can’t function properly and retains water.
RemedyEat foods high in magnesium
Add foods like avocados, nuts, whole grains, spinach, yogur and dark greens to your diet. These foods are high in magnesium and offer plenty of other health benefits, too.

 

While water retention does affect the number on your scale, it can also be an indication that you need to make other lifestyle changes. Drinking plenty of water affects your weight, quality of sleep and energy levels. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water will help your body function properly so that it doesn’t need to hold onto excess water. Aim for at least eight glasses per day.

7+ health benefits of neem juice and how to make it

Neem is a tree that is used for all kinds of medicinal purposes. Neem leaves, barks, seeds, roots, flowers and fruits are all used. Neem oil is made from the fruit and seeds and is a crucial ingredient in lots of home remedies.
Used to treat everything from bugs to skin problems, neem juice and neem oil might make its way into your “medicine” cabinet. Check out these 7+ uses for neem.

 

1. Bug repellent. Not to be confused with an insecticide that kills bugs on contact, WebMD shares that neem juice makes a good bug repellent. Up Nature says to combine 1/2 tablespoon Castile soap and 1/2 teaspoon neem oil in a 16 ounce bottle. Fill it the rest of the way with water. You can spray this around the house, the patio and even the garden.
2. Mosquito repellent. For times when you or your family is outdoors, WebMD recommends using neem for a mosquito repellent. Discover Neem says to mix neem oil and coconut oil to make the mosquito repellent. Make sure that your mixture is at least 2 percent neem.
3. Stomach trouble. LIVESTRONG shares that neem juice is excellent at treating stomach ailments like diarrhea and constipation. Take 1 tablespoon of neem juice mixed with sugar three times a day.
4. Wounds. Due to its antibacterial properties, NDTV FOOD says that a paste made from ground neem leaves and water will help treat wounds.
5. Eye problems. It’s also great for treating conjunctivitis and night blindness. LIVESTRONG says to apply the neem juice directly to the eyes at night.
6. Gum disease. Sacramento Dentistry points out that neem oil is good for fighting gum disease and plaque. The mouthwash has to have at least .19 percent neem oil. Annmarie combines 4 cups water, 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide, 15 drops thieves oil, 10 drops peppermint oil and 2 drops neem oil to make mouthwash.
7. Acne. Another use for neem juice is to treat acne. NDTV FOOD grinds the leaves and adds enough water to make a paste. Place the paste on the acne and let it dry. Apply the paste daily until the acne is gone.
8. Spermicide. If you’re looking for a natural birth control, LIVESTRONG recommends trying neem. Top 10 Home Remedies says to take a tablet made from neem leaves every day for a month to get “reversible male anti-fertility.” Be sure to continue taking the tablets until you want children.

 

As with any home remedy or herbal supplement, be sure to speak with your doctor to see if these remedies are right for you.

Stop scratching and get relief. 7+ home remedies for itchy feet

As feet get hot inside of socks and shoes, they can begin to itch, driving an individual crazy. Sometimes the problem is just that they are itchy, but sometimes the problem is that you have contracted some type of fungus that is causing the itch.
Stores carry all sorts of athlete’s foot remedies and other antifungal treatments, but you can also treat foot itch from some items found in your home. Check out these 7+ ways to treat foot itch.
1. Vick’s. Strange as this may seem, Healthline says that Vick’s Vapor Rub can help get rid of athlete’s foot. It should also calm the itch caused from this particular fungus. Apply the vapor rub to your feet every night for one month. You may want to cover your feet with cotton socks to keep the rub from getting on anything else.
2. Garlic. Garlic helps treat candida and it’s an antifungal. This makes it good for treating any fungus that may be causing your feet to itch. According to Medical News Today, crush 3 to 4 cloves of garlic and place them in a basin of warm water. Soak your feet twice a day for 30 minutes each time. Do this for 1 week.
3. Baking soda. Baking soda is great for removing smelly odors, but how does it work on itchy feet? LIVESTRONG states that making a baking soda paste will not treat any sort of fungus, so this wouldn’t be your choice if athlete’s foot is the source of the itch. To just help with overall itching feet, though, baking soda seems to be soothing. Mix 2 to 3 teaspoons of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Apply the paste to the itchy part of the foot and let it dry for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and patting the foot dry.
4. Yogurt. If a fungal infection is the source, best health recommends applying plain yogurt to the problem. Let it dry and then rinse it off.
5. Hydrogen peroxide. When hydrogen peroxide foams on a wound, you know that means bacteria and dirt is being taken care of. It can also be used to fight foot fungus, according to Healthline. Just pour it straight onto the infection.
6. Salt. Salt isn’t going to kill any foot fungus, but it is soothing to itchy feet. LIVESTRONG says to combine 2 teaspoons of salt with 1 pint of warm water. Soak your feet for 5 to 10 minutes every hour until the itch is gone.
7. Mustard. Mustard makes a sandwich tasty, but treat fungus with it? Best health states that putting some dry mustard into a basin of water and soaking your feet for 30 minutes may be all you need.
8. Tea tree oil. Unless you’re into essential oils, this remedy won’t be found in your house. Medical News Today reports that tea tree oil is quite effective at treating athlete’s foot. The solution must 25 to 50 percent tea tree oil, but don’t use the essential oil undiluted on any skin. Dilute the oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil and then rub it onto the feet.
9. Neem oil. Another essential oil, neem oil can be applied directly to the fungal problem without diluting it, says Healthline.

 

The next time itchy feet are driving you crazy, head to the kitchen and see what may be in your cupboards to help calm the itch.

Delicious homemade fruit teas for different ailments

Tea doesn’t have to be made solely from tea leaves. Mix up your tea game with these healthy, flavorful teas made featuring fruit.
Mango, Lemongrass Tea (Oh How Civilized)
1/2 mango diced
1 stalk lemongrass
1 inch fresh sliced ginger
2 slices lemon
2 slices lime
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fruit tea.
To make this sweet, warming tea, place all ingredients in a french press. Top with hot water and steep for 15 minute before pushing down the plunger. If you do not have a fresh press, place ingredients in a small pot with 4 cups boiling water. Steep for 15- 30 minutes, strain, and serve.
Health Benefits: According to Health Impact News, mangos are high in vitamins C, A, and B6. The tropical fruit is rich in cancer-fighting anti-oxidants and cholesterol-maintaining pectic and fiber. Lemongrass treats digestive issues, pain, and achy joints, according to WebMD.
Dried Fruit and Herb Tea (Food.com)
Zest from 2 lemons and 2 oranges
1 3-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 small fennel bulb, finely chopped
1 cup packed mint leaves
1 cup dried cranberries or 1 cup chopped dried apricot
Preheat oven to 250°F. Mix lemon and orange zest, ginger and fennel on a large parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Scatter mint on a second parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake both sheets, rotating and stirring occasionally until both mixtures are dried (10- 15 minutes for mint, 45 minutes for the ginger mixture). Let cool completely. Crumble mint in a bowl, then toss with ginger mixture and cranberries. For one serving of tea, steep 2 tablespoons tea mix in 1 cup hot water for 5 minutes. Strain and enjoy.
Health Benefits: Worlds Healthiest Foods says fennel is rich in immune-supporting vitamin C and high in cardiovascular and colon-promoting fiber and potassium. Livestrong recommends dried cranberries for a low-fat source of dietary fiber to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Taiwanese Fruit Tea (Angel Wong’s Kitchen)
1 apple, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 handful strawberries, halved
1/3 cup orange juice
1 cup hot water
Heat 1/3 cup orange juice over a stovetop or in the microwave until hot. Mix fruit together and add 3/4 cup fruit mixture to a tea pot. Add orange juice and hot water and brew for at least 15 minutes until the tea becomes dark orange in color.
Health Benefits: We’ve all heard an apple a day keeps the doctor away. There’s some truth in this statement. According to Best Health Magazine, apples fight effects of aging on the brain, protect against Parkinson’s Disease, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Strawberry Orange Iced Tea (Yummly)
4 cups cold water
4 black teabags
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 pound strawberries
6 oranges freshly squeezed
Steep tea bags and sugar in boiling water for 3 minutes. Stir sugar until dissolved and let cool. Use a blender to purée strawberries with half orange juice and 2 tablespoons sugar. Pour purée into a pitcher with the sweetened tea. Stir well, cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Pour over ice and garnish with sliced strawberries and oranges and mint leaves for a pretty, refreshing summer time drink.
Health Benefits: The classic combination of strawberries and oranges is essentially an infusion of vitamin C. Drink this tea to boost your immune system. For a healthier version, cut out the sugar or replace with honey, agave, stevia, or another sugar alternative.

 

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