Chamomile – More than a good night sleep

There are so many kinds of teas to choose from nowadays! It is hard to select one over another unless you know what each of them can do for your health and looks. Yes, looks, chamomile tea can help you look younger, slimmer and aids in digestion and bowel distension.

Chamomile and chamomile tea has been known to have a calming effect on us and help us sleep better.  It is usually found in every American kitchen cabinet.  Rarely, though, do we see it used in more ways than to relax and as a sleep aid.  My mother used to always merit it with hair lightening properties as well. Something I haven’t tried, and won’t.

Recently, I came across a well-packaged chamomile tea box and conducted a little bit of research to know more about its properties.  Surprisingly, I found so many benefits attributed to chamomile tea that I plan on drinking it regularly and will even follow bits of advice I think can benefit a mature woman or man.

The main constituent of Chamomile is Bisabolol oil. This naturally occurring sesquiterpene alcohol can be extracted from this daisy family flower, native of western Europe and India, now very abundant all over the world, including Africa.  Bisabolol oil is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic and anti-cancerous agent which has been used in cosmetics for ages. Its tea form is ubiquitously known to treat the following conditions:

  • Stomach cramps or colic
  • Teething
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gout
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Eczema
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Burns
  • Rashes
  • Headache
  • Fever

Surprised? I was pleasantly surprised to learn about this very cost effective, readily available natural healer and will continue to use this gift of nature in more ways than just to calm down and have a good night sleep.  The flavonoids and bisabolol oil it contains have demonstrated antioxidant properties in thwart the free radicals that damage our skin cells and lead to wrinkles. So I plan on using it in compresses over my eyes to reduce swelling and tiredness and to relieve the itch and flakiness of eczema. Keeping a bottle with chamomile tea in the shower to rinse my face and body seems like a handy way to try chamomile tea as a beauty aid.  I’ve already felt its effects on the digestive process since I started drinking it a couple of nights ago.

Next time you come across the tea aisle, make sure to grab a box of this earthly treasure and try some good ole’ natural home remedies with chamomile tea. For a woman in film like me, it is important to know these secrets of nature and pack them into my overnight bag when I’m out and about.  See you at the Film Fest.



Focus on Focusing

Have you ever felt like you were on the short end of the stick,  travelling in the opposite way in which you wished to go and wondered why? Well, if it’s all in our mind, then focusing on what you want should get you more of it, if you take out the stigma of not having it. That’s what Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Esther Hicks, and Napoleon Hill, the Secret, and many other Law of Attraction paracletes abrogate. But to no consolation since the lack of whatever it is you want and don’t have is the constant mediator between you and yourself.

After much sen seing on your part to yourself, over and over, again and again, you may feel to be in an illumined state of ‘let it be; let it go,’ don’t push in either direction, stay put, relax. Where there is neither pain nor gain, neither joy nor sorrow, nothingness brings you to the start.  Fresh and out of Compton into the Vortex where all your dreams are real, there is nothing lacking, and life, reality, your bank account, the hits on your YouTube channel and your place on Google are all indicators of your right alignment that makes ‘it is as it is’ the dream of dreams.

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The Pillars of Holistic Remedies

The Pillars of Hercules is the ancient name given to the promontories that flank the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar. This portal or gate between Africa and Europe, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean or vice versa, has a wealth of historical significance. If we were to choose two remedies, or pillars of Herculean strength to show us the way out of pain (the Mediterranean) into the vast ocean (the Atlantic) of freedom and possibilities, what would those pillars be? In the quest to be pain-free using a holistic approach, it is necessary to understand why we have pain and how these remedies work so we can heal our bodies. As a Woman in Film, it is important for me to keep up my energy level and mobility so I can meet the demands of the job I love doing so much. But I am not willing to take NSAIDs or steroidal medications that bring on worse side effects and really do not heal my condition. So I set out to learn more about the holistic remedies we have at hand to understand how and why they work to alleviate the pain and stiffness of arthritis.

Among the pillars of holistic remedies that combat inflammation, the major cause of pain for  50 million Americans with any form of arthritis, we must top the list with the Herculean and ancestral Ginger. What we know as Ginger is the rhizome, or root, of Zingiber, a flowering plant about two feet high, originating in the tropical forests of Southern Asia, containing Gingerol, a bioactive compound known to have anti-inflammatory properties. According to an article published by the Journal of Medicinal Food, JMF (July 2005, 8(2): 125-132. doi:10.1089/jmf.2005.8.125)], “Ginger suppresses prostaglandyn synthesis by inhibiting cyclooxygenase- 1 and cyclooxygenase-2.”  The cyclooxygenase enzyme, or COX, is responsible for the formation of prostanoids and prostaglandyns, the main developer of inflammation and is also involved in many normal cellular processes.  NSAIDs, Anti-inflammatory non-steroidal drugs target COX but cause unwanted side effects that we sufferers of arthritis pain may be able to avoid by ingesting the right amounts of Ginger. However, “Do not take more than 4 grams of ginger per day as it may cause heartburn and interfere with blood-thinning medications,” posted Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, in an article reviewed by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., March 28, 2014.

So, if Ginger is one of the Pillars of Holistic remedies guarding our bodies against inflammation, what would be the second one? Turmeric or Bromelain? These two holistic champions with Herculean attributes vie to protect us from soreness right next to Ginger.

Confirming Bromelain to be one of the bastions of nature’s pharmacy is an article published in May of 2008 by Life Extension Magazine, written by Steve Goodman. It makes a good case in favor of Bromelain stating it has been proven to be “as effective as Diclofenac, (an NSAID), in a blind study conducted in Germany of 90 patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the hip.” If you didn’t know, Bromelain is a mixture of proteolytic enzymes that digest proteins, derived from the edible Ananas comusus, commonly known as pineapple. For centuries, pineapple has been known to reduce inflammation by the people of the Americas and Asia. When ingested between meals is when pineapple is most helpful in combating inflammation.  Although there is no standard dose, a range of 80 to 320 milligrams has been recommended. In another publication supporting Bromelain, “In vivo and in vitro Effects of Bromelain in the Inflammatory Exudate of Rats” by Leda Gaspani, Limirolli Elena and Ferrario Paolo, published by Karger Publishers May 3, 2002, the authors state that the effects of Bromelain were examined in rats with inflammation and that “the data indicate that bromelain reduces the production of two key mediators of inflammation.” That’s right, pineapple, which contains bromelain, has been found to increase serum fibrinolytic activity, reduce plasma fibrinogen levels and decrease bradykinin levels, the mediators of inflammation, thus reducing edema and pain. Unlike ginger, there is no limited dosage for this pillar. So you can eat all you want.

Ginger and Bromelain may well be considered the pillars of holistic remedies against the pain of inflammation caused by tissue swelling that presses on nerves by suppressing or increasing specific cellular functions and they are available in many forms, from supplements to straight from the farm. But the bottom line for many who suffer this debilitating disease, is simply whether or not we are willing to commit to natural food-derived remedies. I know I am, and I hope this article will help you in making an informed decision, too.