Category Archives: Natural Health

Menopause and Natural Health

An Acupressure Point for Hot Flashes: LI 4 acupressure point (Large Intestine 4) was my cure for hot flashes. Just hold the point evenly on each hand when you feel a hot flash come on and don’t let go until it goes away. Your hot flash will go away faster and over time they should diminish. In my case they completely went away and I also had no night sweats.

This wonderful point is also good for headaches, motion sickness, neck pain and more. Hold the point and gently roll your neck to diminish neck pain.

Take it easy on yourself, you don’t have to hold the point hard. It’s not one of those things where the harder you hold it the better, all we need to do is to stimulate the point. So hold on, but not too tight.

Bee Pollen for Overall Health:  Bee pollen is an elixir for our sexual organs. It helped me to maintain emotional balance during menopause. Also, if every man in America ate bee pollen those little blue pills would be obsolete. When possible, get a local bee pollen. Start with one grain and add in a grain each day. If you have an allergic reaction then back off for a while before you start increasing your dose again. We build up the bee pollen slowly to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

Moringa Seeds for Depression and Overall Health: When you have menopause it may affect your seratonin levels, we are talking depression. For me menopause was five years of insanity, but I went into it with poor health and without the knowledge I have now. In my opinion, diet, exercise and relaxation/mediation/yoga are the basis of health. At least those three elements have saved me from the chronic pain, sickness and migraines that came along with Lyme Disease.

Moringa seeds feed the seratonin in our brains. If only I knew about Moringa seeds years ago and especially when going through menopause. Eating Moringa seeds also:

Have great antioxidant benefits; vitamin A, C, B complex and other free radical busters. They are good for overall good health. They have anti-carcinogenic effects. They contain plenty of zinc, helps regulate insulin. They have anti-inflammatory properties, have lots of vitamin A and are loaded with protein. Moringa seeds are high in vitamin C and rich in minerals. This is a short list and it pays to do some research. I purchase my Moringa seeds from Paisley Farms in Florida.

Also, Moringa seeds are famous for increasing sexual libido in men and women alike. Again, like with the bee pollen, over time you should lose the need for those little blue pills. Enjoy!

Menrva’s Kiss Pain Balm on the Way

We have had positive results when testing our organic pain balm, so it looks like about two weeks and it will be available on this website.

I am excited about this addition to Menrva’s Kiss, because when I tested it the pain balm worked! It has seven organic ingredients: arnica, white willow bark, stinging nettle, witch hazel, ginger, wintergreen (will probably change that to peppermint) and eucalyptus.

The herbs are infused in an organic shea butter and coconut oil base. We are using our new creamier formula for the shea/coconut oil and I like it a lot.

Some of the herbs are very pricey, but I’m trying to keep the cost around $20 for a four ounce jar with free shipping.

The Magical Stinging Nettle

While researching ingredients for my new anti-aging serum and pain balm I rediscovered the stinging nettle and had to share. The stinging nettle grows wildly in many parts of the United States and is often considered a weed. Stop pulling out your stinging nettle! Instead juice the raw leaves or dry them to make tea. You may also find that when buying herbs the stinging nettle is economical.

Here is a short list of the benefits of stinging nettle:

  • A natural cleanse that removes metabolic wastes and stimulates the lymph system.
  • Treats the pain of arthritis, gout, rheumatism and also pain from fibromyalgia, tendonitis and auto-immune disorders such as Lupus.
  • Reduces PMS and menopausal symptoms, helps remove fibroids and regulates menopausal flow.
  • Relief for allergies!
  • Helpful for the bladder and urinary tract in both sexes.
  • Digestive aid.
  • Relieves sore throat pain, nose bleeds and mouth sores.
  • Destroys intestinal worms and parasites!

How could I have overlooked this miraculous and economical healing plant? You will find it as an ingredient for several of the new products I am developing. Meanwhile, trot off the the health food store and buy a box of stinging nettle tea. As always, ask your health care professional before adding herbal items to your diet.

Enjoy!

Insulin Resistance

You know those mystery symptoms that plague us and often women more than men? It could be the results of insulin resistance. What many people don’t understand is that insulin is a hormone. The typical American diet sends our blood sugar up and down as it is a high glycemic diet. That means our system is flooded with sugar that the body doesn’t know what to do with, so it stores it as fat and because the brain didn’t get the energy it needed you feel tired and then eat more sugar. Up and down with the blood sugar, meanwhile your insulin is all over the place, you’re tired and gaining weight. I don’t have the most scientific mind so this is the simplified version.

The diet to keep your blood sugar level is fairly simple, that’s the good news. It is contrary to the diet most American’s follow and that is the bad and good news both. In the beginning it may be very difficult to change your diet as you feel like you are giving up all the good foods you are used to eating. After a few weeks you will feel so much better and also find new foods to replace the ones you miss and it will get easier. Now, I couldn’t go back to eating ‘normal’ as the foods are unappealing to me.

About 20 years ago I found the Zone Diet by Barry Sears and it changed my life. When I started the diet my hands were so weak and painful it was difficult to hold onto the steering wheel of my car and slept in a hand brace. One week after starting the diet my pain was gone. Now, years later I understand the pain was due to inflammation and following the Zone Diet freed me. The diet also mellowed out my hormones and made me easier to live with.

Here is the link to an article on insulin resistance:

http://www.womentowomen.com/insulin-resistance/what-is-insulin-resistance/

I have read many articles along this line and I keep migrating back to following the Zone Diet. The first book is hard to follow, but Barry Sears wrote more than one and all of the others are more understandable.

According to Wikipedia the symptoms for insulin resistance are:

  1. Brain fogginess and inability to focus.
  2. High blood sugar.
  3. Intestinal bloating – most intestinal gas is produced from carbohydrates in the diet, mostly those that humans cannot digest and absorb.
  4. Sleepiness, especially after meals.
  5. Weight gain, fat storage, difficulty losing weight – for most people, excess weight is from high fat storage; the fat in IR is generally stored in and around abdominal organs in both males and females. It is currently suspected that hormones produced in that fat are a precipitating cause of insulin resistance.
  6. Increased blood triglyceride levels.
  7. Increased blood pressure. Many people with hypertension are either diabetic or pre-diabetic and have elevated insulin levels due to insulin resistance. One of insulin’s effects is to control arterial wall tension throughout the body.
  8. Increased pro-inflammatory cytokines associated with cardiovascular disease.
  9. Depression. Due to the deranged metabolism resulting from insulin resistance, psychological effects, including depression, are not uncommon.
  10. Acanthosis nigricans.
  11. Increased hunger.

Here is a link to their article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulin_resistance

In addition to changing your diet it is important to practice meditation or relaxation. Stress produces cortisol and that makes the insulin resistance worse.

 

Coconut Oil: A Miracle in Your Diet

Coconut Oil for Health

Not only is coconut oil a vital ingredient in Menrva’s Kiss: Shea Nerium Skin Creme, but it is an extremely important addition to any diet. There is a magical element in coconut oil, medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), that is also present in breast milk.

According to Bruce Fife, ND:

One such food is so powerful that I have seen it clear up flu symptoms almost overnight, stop bladder infections, remove precancerous skin lesions, bring quick relief from Crohn’s disease, heal chronic psoriasis, and improve symptoms associated with hypoglycemia, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and chronic fatigue, among others. Medical researchers are now using it in the fight against AIDS.

Follow this link to read his article about coconut oil:

http://www.ofspirit.com/brucefife1.htm

 Coconut Oil for Alzheimers

The MCTs in coconut oil have been shown to help Alzheimer patients. Sometimes there is improvement shortly after consuming two to three tablespoons of coconut oil.

According to an article written by Brian Shilhavy:

Another major advantage the saturated fat of coconut oil provides is its ability to provide the brain with an alternate source of energy in ketones. Ketones are high energy fuels that nourish the brain. Our body can produce ketones from stored fat while fasting or in starvation, but they can also be produced by converting medium chain fatty acids in certain foods. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of these medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). A study done in 2004 took MCTs from coconut oil and put them into a drink that was given to Alzheimer’s patients while a control group took a placebo.5 They observed significant increases in levels of the ketone body beta-hydroxybutyrate (beta-OHB) 90 minutes after treatment when cognitive tests were administered. Higher ketone values were associated with greater improvement in paragraph recall with MCT treatment relative to placebo across all subjects.

Follow this link to read his article about coconut oil and the treatment of Alheimers:

http://coconutoil.com/coconut-oil-alzheimers/