Home Remedies for Back Pain


Back pain is unbearable and can make it difficult to complete daily tasks. Fortunately, there are some simple home remedies that can help to manage pain. While managing the pain, it is important to note that, our bad habits often cause back pain in the first place. Cultivating healthy habits is the best way to avoid back pain in the first place. Let us take a look at some home remedies that can relieve the symptoms and restore health for your back.

1) Inversion therapy
Inversion, most commonly done using a best inversion table, involves lifting the feet higher than the head. With an inversion table, you hang by your ankles at an angle, and the gravity stretches the muscles and spine reversing the effects of gravity. Start with a gentle angle at first and short bouts; five mins is plenty in the beginning. Increase the angle and duration of your inversion time slowly, as you become more comfortable.

2) Massage
Ask a friend or family member to gently massage the painful area of your back with some arnica oil. Arnica oil contains helenalin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It aids to reduce inflammation, muscle pain, and sprains.

3) Diet
Check your diet. Did you know that mineral deficiencies can cause back pain? Ensure that you get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and avoid junk foods. A dietician can help you check to your diet and ensure that you get the nutrients you need. Healthy eating combined with exercise will aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Obesity causes severe strain on your spine, so take care of yourself.

3) Excercise
Getting plenty of excercise is important to maintain a healthy weight, develop muscle and support good posture. The endorphins released during excercise will also make you feel happier and aid in relieving pain symptoms. Excercises that develop your core muscles are an excellent way to support your back.

4) Good Posture
Bad posture is one of the biggest causes of back pain. Always check your posture, especially when working on a computer or other electronics. Keep your back straight, relax your shoulders and place yyour feet flat on the ground. Try to limit the time you spend on evices and take a break to stretch at regular intervals.

5) Rest
Make sure you get enough rest and good quality sleep. Laying on your back and placing a few pillows under your knees, takes strain off of the lower back and can aid in reducing lower back pain.

6) Meditate
A recent study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that mindfulness meditation reduces pain intensity by 27%. In addition it promotes a healthy lifestyle through self reflection and developing the mind.

Cultivating a healthy lifestyle and habits is the best way to avoid back problems. If you do continue to experience back pain it is advisable to consult with a doctor and make sure there are no other underlying problems.

So look after yourself, establish healthy habits and avoid backpain and other unnecessary health issues.

Some Hyacinths, a Permit and a House

The tulips are finally coming up, but that’s a field of hyacinths I’m sitting in. Everyone should sit in a field of hyacinths on a sunny day at least once in their life. The smell is out-of-this-world amazing. So soft and sweet and yummy. Delicious!

Folks are flying drones over some of the fields to get aerial footage. You can probably find videos on YouTube. But the drones don’t capture the sheer enormity of the number of fields here. The best way to see the fields is by bicycle. Sadly, I’m still waiting for my bike to come with the rest of my things. Next year….

All things are pointing toward me still being here a year from now. My permit FINALLY came through and I collected my official ‘resident card’ last Friday from Immigration. Yay!!!!

Hans and I also found a house and signed the paperwork yesterday. We take possession on June 1st. We’ve been looking at houses pretty much since I arrived, and our thoughts on what we wanted have evolved quite a bit. At first, we both wanted something that felt “old and Dutch”. But, we are working with a very small budget because we didn’t want to take out a mortgage. “Old and Dutch” in our price range just means small, small, small and even smaller.

What we’ve settled on is a house built in the 1960s. It’s a “tussenwoning” (in-between living), which means it’s a row house. It’s a bit modern, and by American standards is still very small. But by Dutch standards, particularly in our price range, it’s spacious and light. Hans and I both said “wow, so much space” as soon as we walked in the front door when we went to visit. – We will have two guest rooms!

The house is in a town called Santpoort-Noord. It’s northwest of Amsterdam. There is a train station and is just 5 stops from Amsterdam Central Station. The train runs to Amsterdam 4 times an hour and takes about 30 minutes. Not too bad. – We will also be within biking distance of Haarlem. Hans was living in Haarlem for the past 30 years or so, so it’ll be nice for him to be close to his friends there. Already his friends have been riding their bikes up to Santpoort-Noord to check out the ride and the house. – On the west side of Santpoort-Noord are the dunes and then the beach and the North Sea. – I should link to a map, but you can all find it if you are interested. :-)

As an American, I found the process of house-hunting to be a bit frustrating and occasionally awkward. Buyers have to pay for their own agent here, so most buyers don’t have agents. Hans and I didn’t have one. This means for each house you want to see, you have to call the seller’s agent to arrange a visit. And they might say ok to a visit tomorrow, or maybe not ’til next week or even two or three weeks out. Seriously. – When you go to an open house, it’s usually the sellers/owners of the house who are hosting the open house. That’s really weird. It’s really hard to make comments like “this floor must have been laid by an idiot” (and I’m really good at making comments like that!) when it might have been the owner who did it!! :-)

Anyhow, the house is going to need a lot of work. The current owners are both in their 80s and they haven’t been able to do much maintenance in the last handful of years. So, it needs some overdue TLC as well as just updating. The house was built in the 60s and feels like the 70s. – Hans will probably do a lot of the work himself, and I’ll try to help where I can. – I thought I would be traveling all around Europe after moving here, but at least in the near term, I think I will spending most of my time ripping up carpet and stripping wallpaper.

But, for now, Hans is off touring. His first tour starts tomorrow afternoon in Ghent, Belgium, on the same day that there is a general railway strike in Belgium. Ugh. Hopefully all of his tour members have already arrived because it’s not easy to get to Ghent without a train. Not a great start to his first tour of the year. And, while we’ve also been having nice weather for the past week, the rain and gloom are coming back tomorrow and will be around for several days. – It’s hard work keeping 26 Americans happy for 11 days. Dreary weather doesn’t help. Poor Hans. Fortunately, he’s a very optimistic sort of person.

Ok. I’m going on too long. I’ll close with just a few more pictures. In anticipation of the upcoming Flower Parade, people are making their own works of arts out of hyacinths and tulips. I’m sure somewhere there is a map so that you can easily find each and every one of these little floral masterpieces, but Hans and I have just been finding them as we drive around. The random discovery mode has been fun. The pictures below are just a few that we’ve found. There are a lot of talented people in the Netherlands, and it’s nice to see how so many get into the spirit of festivities.

Bloemencorso Bollenstreek

Note to self: always charge the battery in your camera BEFORE the big flower parade. Oops. The parade had just started on Saturday when the battery light on my camera started blinking. I still got a picture of each float, but it was a challenge.

The theme for this year’s parade was “200 Jaar Koninkrijk”, which translates roughly as 200 years of the (Dutch) Kingdom. This was, for me, not the most exciting theme, but I’m sure the Dutch appreciated it. The Dutch are enormously proud of being Dutch! – There were floats with royal crowns, royal carriages and royal palaces. There was one with tulips, daffodils and hyacinths (the 1st place float made by Keukenhof), and another with a dinosaur, entered by the city of Leiden.

The weather on Saturday was cold and rainy, but the parade was still beautiful and smelled wonderful (hyachinths again!). There were sixteen floats, each accompanied by at least one “luxewagen,” and three or four marching bands. The hard work, artistry and craftsmanship that went into the design and building of the floats was plain to see. Some of the flower arrangements, particularly those on the luxewagens, were really inspiring with their fanciful designs and spectacular use of color.

The fact that this parade is funded by donations, and that it rides along a 40km route, taking an entire day to go from Nordwijk to Haarlem, are maybe it’s most impressive features.

A Note on Persuasion: Here’s Why I’m Awesome


You know what? I’m awesome. Don’t be jealous, you are too. Just look at all the things you do! You’re an over-achiever/teacher/blogger/mentor/everything! You and I both know you’re pretty amazing. But… does anybody else? If you think it doesn’t matter, then you’re one of the lucky few who hasn’t had to deal with a job search in the last few years. But let me tell you, it is very important that the people who might considering hiring you know that you do all of these things, and what an awesome benefit you would be to their company.

The problem with many of us face now is that we have a ton of new skills, many of them tech-based, and the people who’re hiring us aren’t familiar with them. Case in point: blogging. Do you think the 60-year-old Exec at your dream marketing firm is going to realize that he could use the skills you’ve developed through running your fashion blog? Hardly. Nevertheless, the skills are there, and he could likely learn a thing or two from you, if only he knew what you could do. But wait, he can–all hail the cover letter!

So look, I know writing a cover letter is the most abhorred part of applying for a job, but it’s really not that hard. You have to break it down and realize that you’re writing to someone who’s been reading through possibly hundreds of letters, all highlighting many different skills and work experiences. The reader is tired, and they’re certainly not interested in thinking about how an engineer can do kinesiology work. But they can, and this can be the difficulty with cover letters, especially when it comes to career changes.

In reality though, this is exactly what a cover letter is perfect for. Your resume lists your skills and responsibilities, but your cover letter is an 8.5×11″ opportunity to explain how you are perfect for the role. Instead of just writing out your career highlights for your potential employers’ perusal, you need to think about the bigger picture when writing the letter, and that is this: people don’t always pursue something they want, but when it’s something they need, they do. If you make yourself needed, you’re in. But how do you do that?Think back to elementary school when you learned about persuasive writing–did you know you were learning to write a cover letter back then? The key to persuasive writing is giving your audience the facts, and after each one, draw it back to your purpose. Years ago, you may have been writing to persuade your classmates that puppies are soOoO much cuter than kitties!!!, but today you’re persuading your reader to hire you. After each piece of evidence, which in this case is your skills explanation (or perhaps even a blurb about how your and the company’s visions are aligned), explain why that’s useful to your reader. “I can blog” might mean nothing, but “I increased my blog’s revenue by 68% in its second year of operation” says I know what I’m doing here. Likewise, “I’ve got excellent computer skills” is great, but “My experience in Photoshop and Flash will undoubtedly be of service to your team when preparing pitches and client presentations”. Right?

Okay so maybe you’re not actually in the market for a new job. Maybe you’re an entrepreneur. But this kind of persuasive writing is useful for you too. Any sort of marketing pitches, client presentations, or even a pitch for a promotion or raise in your current job, this is for you.

Telling somebody you’re great is not good enough–telling them why they need you? That’s amazing. The ability to take a more direct and persuasive approach in your writing, especially when asking for something, speaks volumes to your adeptness and confidence, which are two shoo-in qualities for a new hire/potential business partner.So what do you think? Would you write this way, or do you already? I really believe that it’s not only about having the skills to get the job done, but selling them too. If you can’t properly convey your excellence to the people who require your skills, are you really even that excellent at all? Persuasive writing for yourself is the ultimate marketing strategy, because the big ticket item for sale is you. You’ve put so much effort into developing your talents and abilities, so why not reap the most from what you’ve sown?

Bath Time for A Newborn Baby

Bath time for a newborn baby can be a challenging time especially for new parents.

My Experience
During my pregnancy I recall hearing that newborns are like todpoles, which means they are small and slippery. Of course, I was very nervous about my upcoming delivery and bath time! Many thoughts went through my mind. “what if she fell from my arms?, what if I can’t manage her? How was I gonna bathe her? Matter of fact, Should I bathe her? Should I bathe her in warm water or normal tap water from the pipe? Should I use a bath pan or a specific container?” Needless to say there was no end to my thinking. Then there’s the matter of her skin! Should I use normal soap or was there a specific formula to use? Was it best to bath her in the morning, or would it be more ideal to bathe her at nights? How often should she be given a bath?

What You Will Need
A baby bath doesn’t necessarily need to be done in a tub of water. If you’d like to give your baby a sponge bath, you’ll need:

  • A gentle baby specific cleanser to help cleanse effectively.
  • Soft washcloths (use a different color or pattern than your diaper washcloths!)
  • Thick towels or a sponge-type bath cushion
  • Your doctor may suggest baby oil as a way of getting rid of cradle cap, make sure choose the chemical-free branded products
  • Keep the room warm and close windows and doors if there is a draught.
  • When you’re ready, check the water temperature. A baby’s tender skin cannot tolerate water temperature as warm as an adult. Bath temperature for babies and children is best between 37°C and 38°C. A whole house tankless water heater provides hot water when it’s needed.

How to make bath time comfortable
To the above questions and many more that you may have, I discovered that there was no specific answer to them, matter of fact it was all based on each persons state. So the first thing I did was to observe what the nurses did with my newborn baby while sew were in the hospital. Did they bathe her? You bet they did! They had recommend specific products such as Cetaphil or Mustela brand of products since these were fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin especially newborn baby’s skin. I also noticed that she was given a bath first thing in the morning. This to me seemed to be more ideal especially since I was able to dress her up for her many visits thereafter . I also recognize a specially ergonised bath pan was used and so I immediately summoned my husband to pick up a similar one from the nearby baby store.

This particular bath pan provides for proper handling of the baby therefore no need to worry about the slipperiness of the baby and possible accident of her slipping from my hands. It also helped to prevent too much water getting to the baby since she was safely positioned in this bath pan. Wow!!! Talk about peace of mind.It is suggested that the baby be given a bath using warm water, to test the water, one would use their elbow to test it, and if the elbow couldn withstand it then so would the newborn baby’s skin.i choose to give her a bath daily, since I imagined the need to feel fresh and clean may just be the same feeling my newborn would like to experience.

Although I gave her a bath daily I would only wash her hair once or twice for the week.i also did some research on YouTube to get some answers to my unanswered questions. See video with a summary on everything bath time for your newborn.i would love to hear of your experience. Leave me a note of how you deal or dealt with bath time of your newborn.

Here’s a video from Howcast regarding bathing your newborn. Enjoy, and be sure to check out their YouTube channel.

The Health Effects of Long-Term Exposure to Sawdust

Like any occupation, when working in a field that may subject the worker to large amounts of material particulate, such as how using a miter saw exposes the worker to sawdust, there are some health concerns that naturally exist. Whether the exposure to sawdust consists of working with lumber processing or creating intricate pieces of material as a hobby, there are certain long-term health hazards that can occur either way. Therefore, it is very important that the individual who is to be exposed to this flying particulate employ every measure possible to protect himself/herself from the illnesses that can occur when working in a field that exposes the person to large amounts of sawdust for long periods of time. Just as important, those who have already experienced health problems from sawdust exposure can prevent future progression of their current illness by practicing some of these same preventive measures. As such, now that that is established, you may find yourself asking what exactly these health hazards may be. Please continue reading for a brief summary of a few of the main hazards that occur when working in these fields or even using a power tool, such as a miter saw (http://www.mitersawbuzz.com), frequently as a hobby.


Health Effects of a Long-Term Career with Exposure to Sawdust.
First, the most common long-term illness with exposure to the sawdust that exists in this field occurs when an individual repeatedly breathes in these particles. This occurs when the worker is not wearing protective gear while working with these woodworking power tools. When working with these to cut wood, clouds of this wood particulate is expelled into the air, These microscopic particles can then be inhaled into the lungs, posing a potential to become life-threatening lung infiltrates that can lead to abscesses inside the lungs as well as large sacs of surrounding lung fluid called pleural effusions. To make matters worse, the chemicals that go into the weather-treatment with these types of wood to make them durable against the elements just so happen to be cancer-causing agents.

Another hazard with working around sawdust, although a little less severe, is the problems that can occur when working in a hot environment with sawdust flying. This will stick to sweaty skin and can irritate it quite severely, especially if the person already has an open wound. In this case, the wound can become infected, and in the most severe cases, the individual will not even realize what has happened. He or she will then end up with an abscess that has allowed bacteria to eat through the flesh, fascial layer, and muscle; sometimes even infecting the bone. Now, this is pretty uncommon and unlikely to happen, but there is a slight probability of these types of infections occurring whenever a foreign object, even microscopic sawdust, becomes embedded inside of an open wound.

So, how can you prevent these issues from occurring? One word sums it all up: Prevention. There are already well-established safety protocols in place for the prevention of long-term diseases of the lungs caused by inhaling sawdust over long periods of time. Most of these policies include wearing simple, affordable, paper painter’s masks anytime that a power tool is used in an environment that will cause sawdust to become airborne. This is the best defense, both in terms of effectiveness and price, that will help protect against any of the hazards associated with working around sawdust. Now, to protect your skin, you may simply opt to wear clothing that covers most sensitive parts of your skin. In a hot environment, this can become a real difficult decision to make, as the worker has to choose between being uncomfortable in the present or possibly encountering future harm, you will need a best miter saw dust collection to keep your workstation clean and safe. If one decides not to wear protective clothing, a hot shower should be taken as soon as possible upon return home, to allow the tiny particles to escape the skin’s pores.

With all of this in mind, there are quite a few different long-term hazards associated with working with tools that produce sawdust on a frequent basis. However, with proper and simple prevention tools and protocols that have already been established, one can ensure that these problems will not become his/her future illnesses.

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Essential Oils for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are unsightly, swollen veins on your skin that are usually irregular. Although they are generally painless, varicose veins sometimes come with occasional pain and irritation which can go on for quite a while. There are no serious dangers on your health or your general well-being that are associated with varicose veins, but apart from the pain and discomfort, they also make your skin look rugged and ugly. There are a few known causes of varicose veins, including lack of exercise, being overweight, poor nutrition, and working in an environment where you stand for too long. Sometimes they also occur as a symptom of pregnancy.


Essential oils can help remove the swell of varicose veins if applied on the skin in the right manner. For those people who have varicose veins, here are some recipes with essential oils for varicose veins that will be very helpful:

1. Simple Cold/ Hot Foot Bath Blend

  • Fill one basin with clean, cold water, and another basin with an equal amount of clean, hot water.
  • Place three drops of lavender oil in the basin containing cold water, and then place another three droops in the other basin that contains hot water.
  • After stirring the mixture for a few seconds, place both feet in the bowl containing the cold mixture and let them stay for at least ten minutes.
  • Remove your feet and now place them in the basin containing hot water for another few minutes.
  • After that, remove your feet and wipe them clean.

Repeat this procedure regularly for a few days, and your varicose veins will start to disappear.

2. Varicose Massage Blend

This blend involves three different essential oils, namely: neroli, geranium, and cypress. These oils are mixed with career oils.

  • Combine four tea spoonfuls of career oils (eg coconut oil, macadamia, etc) with 10 drops of geranium oil, 10 drops of neroli and 5 drops of cypress.
  • Shake the mixture well in a bottle to blend.
  • Use up to 1 teaspoonful of the mixture to massage you legs twice everyday for as long as it lasts.
  • Always try to elevate your legs after massaging for effectiveness.
  • Always try to elevate your legs after massaging for effectiveness.

3. Preventive Massage Recipe for Varicose Veins

Even if you do not have them now, this blend helps to prevent your body from developing varicose veins. The recipe includes geranium, cypress, peppermint, lemon juice and career oils.

  • Mix 10 drops of geranium, 10 drops of cypress, 5 drops of peppermint, 5 drops of lemon and 2 tablespoons of career oils.
  • Mix the ingredients in the specified proportions in a bowl.
  • Massage the ingredients from your legs upwards as if towards your heart.
  • As you massage, avoid handling the varicose veins directly, instead massage either side of the vein.
  • Always try to elevate your feet after you have massaged.
  • Repeat the massage at least twice every day. If so desired, you can repeat it more than twice.

These recipes, if used regularly and in the recommended proportions, will be very effective in preventing as well as getting rid of varicose veins. It is however recommended that you also try to avoid habits that can cause the varicose veins in the first place.

Tips for Preparedness if Self-Driving in London

When travelling to the United Kingdom, the most noticeable adjustment when you decide to get on the road is the “reprogramming” of the mind that must occur to familiarize one with driving on the opposite side of the road. However, there are other subtle differences that are present, and it is important to perform due diligence if travelling to the UK, especially busy centers in cities such as London, if one is intent on self-driving instead of utilizing the services of a taxi.

Tips for Preparedness if Self-Driving in London

Is it important to have a sense of preparedness and security when entering into the unknown driving territory that is London. Part of this process would include making sure that your vehicle of choice is equipped with a spare tire and a top rated floor jack should an emergency occur. This will allow you to begin your journey with a bit of piece of mind. It is also prudent to familiarize oneself with some of the basic subtle differences that will be faced as you traverse through London and other parts of the United Kingdom.

First, Britain has what’s known as a “culture of speed,” where the traffic flow tends to operate about 10% faster than the actual speed limit. While this may be confusing, it is important to keep pace with the traffic, and to especially make it a point to avoid driving any lower than the posted speed limit. It is also important to respect the driving culture of allowing a merging traffic queue to fill in the merging lane in the order of arrival, lest you become unilaterally shunned by the rest of the surrounding drivers.

The other difference to take into consideration is the use of traffic circles known as “roundabouts.” While there certain places in the US that make use of these junctional traffic-flow mechanisms, they are rather rare, and can be a confusing situation when a driver encounters these for the first time. It is important to get in a lane and stay put, giving way to the traffic to the right. There will be signs that direct you to the correct lane to get into to make it to your destination.

Furthermore, in the event of a breakdown or blown tire, it is important to understand where to move your vehicle to. In the case of breakdowns, the hard shoulder on the extreme left of the road is reserved specifically for disabled vehicles, so make sure you pull your vehicle into this lane if at all possible. The main difference here is that in the United States, vehicles will generally pull to the extreme right of the highway to tend to a mechanical failure. Anyhow, if you experience a blown tire while driving the causeways of the city of London, do not stress. Calmly pull your disabled vehicle over to the extreme left, or hard shoulder, and proceed with removing your floor jack and spare tire, performing the replacement per usual vehicle protocol. The most important aspect when driving through London or other parts of the UK is not to panic when you come across a signal or driving pattern that is unknown. Simply observe the other automobiles on the road and follow their lead.

Herbal Remedies for Headache Pain

Many herbal headache remedies can alleviate pain. Choosing herbs as home remedies for headache will require that you determine which type of headache is causing the pain. Tension, stress, lack of sleep, illness, allergies and sinus conditions are the main cause of primary headaches. Secondary headaches, such as migraines, have pain as well as additional symptoms.


Herbs for Headaches – Herbal Oils

Headaches that are the result of sinus conditions can be treated with Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree or Mint essential oils. Many types of herbal oil home remedies for headaches involve steam and aromatic essential oils.Lavender Put a touch of Lavender essential oil on each cheek below the eyes, and above each eyebrow. This will usually not only relieve the pain of a sinus headache, but will also alleviate sinus congestion and sinus drainage.

Eucalyptus, Mint or Tea Tree Oil placed in a large bowl of very hot water will produce steam that when inhaled will help break up sinus congestion. The aromatic potency can also irritate the skin, eyes and the stomach so should not be applied directly to the skin.

Many herbal headache remedies contain Skullcap and Willow, both of which are analgesics. Other remedies contain Meadowsweet, Ginger, Cayenne Pepper, or Chamomile.

Willow bark contains salicylic acid, the main ingredient in aspirin. If you have an aspirin allergy avoid using Willow for any purpose.Skullcap especially when combined with Valerian will help reduce headache pain and tension.

Taking Meadowsweet and Ginger reduce nausea and eliminate pain. When they are used as home remedies for headaches they will also relieve headache-related nausea.

Cayenne pepper helps reduce headache pain in some people, however if you have a stomach issues, you should avoid this headache remedy.

A cup of strong sage tea will often relieve a tension headache. See Benefits of Sage Tea.Adding Chamomile to mint, willow and other herbs will lessen the chance of an upset stomach while relieving tension. See Benefits of Chamomile.

Secondary Headache Herbs

The pain, nausea and sensitivity to noise and light caused by migraines are devastating. Triggers include some foods, beverages and allergies to substances like MSG. During a migraine attack, these vessels are constricted, resulting in oxygen deprivation; one reason migraine suffers yawn a lot in an unconscious effort to increase blood oxygen. Increasing circulation is a key element relieving migraine pain. Home remedies for headaches do not have the side affects associated with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Gingko Biloba dilates blood vessels.

Rose Otto or Rose essential oil, also known as Attar of Rose, although expensive relieves migraines by opening the blood vessels. It works fastest by placing about 10 drops of oil in a tub of hot water and then soaking.Feverfew – Taken daily for a few weeks, Feverfew can interrupt the migraine cycle, and can be taken by adding fresh Feverfew leaves to salads or sandwiches, or taken dried in capsule form. Scientific evidence confirms that taking Fever few daily stops migraine from occurring.

Many herbal headache remedies contain some type of mint. Peppermint is the strongest and most aromatic, and works well for food-related migraines. Spearmint is less potent and is gentler on skin, eyes and nose. All mints are beneficial when used in a steam bath or inhaled. Although mint aids digestion, too much mint can be hard on the stomach, especially for those with elevated stomach acid or heartburn.Herbal headache remedies are easy to make and use. The herbs for headaches used in most home remedies for headaches grow pretty much everywhere. If you suffer from persistent headaches, perhaps growing an herb garden would be beneficial.Headaches caused by stress and tension can be relieved with Headache Soothe, a homeopathic remedy made by Native Remedies. It is in liquid form and is taken orally so it works faster and is easy to use no matter where you are even when you don’t have any water available.

6 Easy Paleo Recipes You’ll Love in This Summer

Eating paleo is a great way to stay healthy, especially for athletes and other active adults! Here are a few awesome snack recipes and ideas to satisfy even the worst case of the munchies.


Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese

This one is a great snack for before dinner. Here’s what you’ll need:1/4 lb. of prosciutto1 small package of goat cheese1 oven safe skilletFirst, preheat the oven to around 300 degrees. While it’s warming, wrap small pieces of goat cheese with prosciutto and poke through with a toothpick. Place them on the skillet and put it in the oven. Keep an eye on them; it takes just a couple of minutes to slightly crisp the prosciutto and soften the goat cheese. Serve immediately with olives, fruit, and nuts.

Bacon Guacamole Deviled Eggs

This one’s a great mid-afternoon snack for guests.First, hard boil a few eggs. Make sure you toss some salt in the water to make them easier to peel. While they’re boiling, heat up some bacon in a skillet. For best results, use thick-cut smoked bacon. When the eggs are done, cool and peel them, then cut them lengthwise. Put the yolks in a bowl, and combine with chopped up bacon bits, guacamole, and a dash of lemon juice. Mash them up, and spoon or pipe back into the egg yolks and serve immediately.

Scotch Eggs

This old classic is as paleo as it is delicious. It’s incredibly simple too. Hard boil a few eggs, and heat up some bacon in a skillet. Remove the bacon while it’s still chewy. Peel the eggs and wrap them in bacon; it helps to use a toothpick to hold in place while you serve them.

No-Bread Pizza Bites

For this one, use thin cut pepperoni or sausage as the base instead of bread. Place the meat on a skillet and top with pureed tomatoes, a few thin cut peppers, and pepper. Heat until the pepperoni or sausage darkens. Cool and serve right away so they don’t get soggy.

Home Made Fruit Bars

Take some healthy nuts like cashews and macadamia nuts, and some fruits like dates and raisins. Blend, then shape the result into bars on a baking sheet. Chill for a few hours or overnight, and pack them in plastic bags to go!

Finally…the Paleo Ice Cream!

This one’s a lot of fun. Put some coconut milk in the fridge the night before you plan on starting. Combine the coconut milk (about a can), two tablespoons of vanilla extract, a bit of honey, and your fruit of choice in a blender. Blend, then place into a container and put in the freezer. Wait for it to freeze through (probably a couple of hours), then pull it out and cut it up. Place it back into the blender, mix it up, and back into the freezer it goes. Once it’s frozen through, it’s ready to go! You can chop it up a bit and place it into the container of your choice, and it’ll keep for up to a week. This one’s great for the summer.