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Natural treatments for psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease marked by inflammation in the joints and skin. This disease is progressive, worsening over time. If left untreated, psoriatic arthritis can lead to joint damage.
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a form of arthritis that mainly affects people who have psoriasis or those with a family history of psoriasis. Often, those with PsA have joint pain and inflammation combined with the inflamed, itchy, red patches of skin covered with silvery scales that are typical of psoriasis itself.
The progression of PsA may be slowed with traditional therapies and the symptoms may ease. Alternative remedies may complement these therapies and may help people with PsA feel more in control of the disease.

Natural remedies.
Apple cider vinegar, when applied to psoriasis on the scalp, may help to treat PsA.
There are many natural remedies to try for PsA. Most of these do not have much scientific research supporting their use. The use of these remedies is backed mainly by anecdotal evidence.

Natural remedies for psoriatic arthritis include the following:

Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has a lot of buzz for, supposedly, being a miracle cure-all. For treating PsA, people may find it useful if applied to patches of psoriasis on the scalp. However, this should be avoided if the areas are cracked and bleeding.
• Tea tree oil. This essential oil may ease skin inflammation caused by PsA. However, science is cautious to recommend this as a treatment because it may aggravate more sensitive skin.
• Oats. Adding oats to a bath or using oats in a paste can help relieve itchy patches of psoriasis. While there’s little scientific evidence supporting oats as a treatment for psoriasis, oats are highly regarded in folk medicine as one of nature’s best skin soothers.
• Turmeric. Turmeric is highly regarded for its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shownturmeric may be able to alter gene expression, easing PsA symptoms. People with PsA can either add the spice liberally to their food or take turmeric capsules.
• Capsaicin. Capsaicin is what makes chili peppers hot and may be useful by blocking pain receptors. Some research has also found that when used in over-the-counter creams, capsaicin may reduce psoriasis symptoms as well.
Aloe vera. This soothing balm from an aloe plant may provide cooling comfort for irritated patches of psoriatic skin. However, aloe vera should only be used topically and never ingested. Taking it orally may be dangerous.
• Epsom salts. A warm bath with Epsom salts may help reduce joint pain and inflammation. Epsom salts contain magnesium, a mineral that boosts bone health and may soothe itchy skin. Warm water also helps loosen joints and relieve pain. People with diabetes should be wary when using soaks of Epsom salts as they can stimulate the release of insulin.
• Oregon grape. Some studies suggest that applying creams with Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) can ease psoriasis skin irritation. Like aloe vera, Oregon grape should only be used topically.
• Fish oil. Joint pain may be reduced by fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil help block inflammation and ease painful swelling.
• Ginger. A root of ginger is well-known in folk medicine for having many anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have shown that taking ginger three times a day can reduce knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.
When trying these natural remedies, people with PsA should remember that these remedies are not a substitute for prescribed treatments.

Alternative therapies

Massage therapy may help to alleviate joint pain and provide relief from arthritis-related discomfort.
There are a number of alternative therapies available to complement PsA treatment. These therapies should not replace the traditional treatments for PsA but can provide some additional relief and quality of life benefits.

Alternative therapies include the following:
Massage therapy. A massage therapist trained in dealing with PsA can help relieve joint discomfort and release tight muscles and joints. A massage can provide significant relief from arthritis-related discomfort.
Acupuncture. This technique involves sticking needles into various pressure points to relieve chronic pain. No studies show its usefulness for PsA but some patients with chronic pain do find acupuncture helpful.
• Acupressure. Acupressure involves putting pressure onto different points of the body to reduce pain and pressure, stimulate the immune system, and release tension.

 

Diet
Eating more healthily will not cure PsA but eating well does promote good health and well-being. People with PsA should strive to maintain a healthy weight and stay mindful of their diet.

 

Following these healthy eating tips may help:
• eating plenty of fruits and vegetables
• getting protein through lean meat, beans, and legumes
• choosing low-fat and fat-free dairy products
• avoiding refined sugar and bad carbohydrates such as processed white breads and pasta
• choosing whole grains when possible
• drinking plenty of water
Anyone with PsA may benefit from keeping a food journal and planning healthful meals.
Lifestyle tips
The symptoms of PsA often flare up during periods of stress or fatigue. It may help people with PsA to change their lifestyle to reduce stress since stress is associated with increased inflammation. Doing so also helps people to get adequate sleep so that the body can heal itself.
The following tips and suggestions may help:
Relaxing. Using aromatherapy, breathing techniques, and keeping a journal may help manage stress and promote relaxation.

Getting gentle exercise. Exercise is recommended for people with PsA. They may find yoga and tai chi particularly useful for helping to loosen stiff joints and release stress.
Meditating. Meditation may result in a deeper level of relaxation that may help alleviate stress, so helping prevent or manage symptoms of PsA.
Getting enough sleep. Sleep is crucial to allowing inflammation to heal and to promoting good health.
Taking a warm bath. Spa therapy, including hydrotherapy like a warm bath, can loosen joints and ease pain and inflammation associated with PsA. These therapies can also promote relaxation and decrease stress.
Practicing mindfulness. Being mindful involves checking in with the body and taking stock of how its feeling. It also involves being aware of any situations that may cause unnecessary stress.
An increased sense of physical awareness can help people to catch a flare of symptoms early so that they deal with it before it worsens. Doing so may prevent a worse flare from occurring.
When combining lifestyle remedies with other forms of treatment for PsA, people may find an increased quality of life and more relief. However, lifestyle remedies and natural therapies are not a substitute for a doctor’s care and traditional treatments.

 

When to see a doctor
Anyone who thinks they are experiencing symptoms of PsA should see a doctor for diagnosis and to begin treatment. As the disease is progressive, beginning treatment early is crucial.
Anyone with psoriasis or a family history of psoriasis should be screened regularly for PsA by a doctor.
People with PsA should also see a doctor regularly and should speak to one before starting or changing treatments. This includes any natural or alternative remedies.
Some natural remedies may interact with prescribed medication or may not be recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women.

 

 

 

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Healing with Fennel

Cleansing with Fennel

Fennel has a strong and distinctive smell that can help to suppress your appetite and ease digestive disorders.
Warming and stimulating fennel has a long tradition as a digestive tonic. The seeds of the herb are crushed to give a strongly scented, sweet, peppery oil. Fennel has potent properties. Used sparily, it has an enlivening, energising and revitalising effect on the mind and body.
Fennel’s main action is on the digestion, where it has a regulating and ‘unblocking’ action. It is effective in relieving nausea, indigestion, constipation and flatulence.

Fennel for your Detox regime:
Use fennel to detoxify your body as it acts as a tonic for the kidneys, liver and spleen. It is also a diuretic, promoting the flow of urine and helping to reduce fluid retention in tissues – as such it is especially useful before menstruation. Fennel also regulates periods and stimulates the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers.

Circulation Stimulant:
Stimulate sluggish circulation with fennel to gain relief from the building up of toxins and fluids.
Ease swollen feet:
Cypress acts as a tonic to the circulatory system, complimenting fennel’s ‘movin’ action. Ease puffy, swollen feet and ankles with a massage blend of:
• 5 drops fennel
• 5 drops cypress
• 20ml of grapeseed oil
Relieve painful gout:
Treat gout by gently massaging the affected are with:
• 3 drops fennel
• 6 drops juniper
• 6 drops lemon
• 25mls of grapeseed
this blend stimulate circulation and helps to clear away accumulated toxins.

Detoxifying Fennel:
Make use of fennel’s diurectic action to clean your urinary system.
Water Rentention:
Relieve symptoms of bloatedness due to water retention by massaging the abdomen and lower back with a blend of:
• 3 drops fennel
• 5 drops juniper
• 10 drops lemon
• 2 drops peppermint
• 25mls of sweet almond.
A massage blend of the following oils aids lymphatic drainage of the tissues.
• 3 drops of clary sage
• 6 drops of fennel
• 2 drops of geranium
• 2 drops of rosemary
• 25mls of grapeseed.
Diurectic Bath:
Aid your body’s ability to detox by adding to your bath water:
• 2 drops of fennel
• 3 drops of lemon
• 3 drops of juniper
Digestive Aid:
Tone, soothe and regulate the body’s digestive processes with fennel.
Ease Gut Cramps:
For relief from digestive cramps, make a warm compress by soaking a flannel in a bowl of water containing:
• 3 drops fennel
• 1 drop peppermint
• 6 drops rosemary
Apply across abdomen and use a hot water bottle to retain heat.

Soothe Indigestion:
Relieve indigestion with a chest and back massage blend containing:
• 3 drops fennel
• 5 drops orange
• 3 drops sage
• 25ml grapeseed
All three of these essential oils work to calm and balance the digestion- but don’t massage immediately after eating as the massage itself can disrupt digestion.

Oestrogen substitute:
Fennel is a natural source of a plant hormone that mimics the female hormone oestrogen.
Regulate Periods:
To treat irregular periods, apply a compress containing the following oils added to a bowl of water to the abdomen.
• 2 drops basil
• 2 drops fennel
• 2 drops Melissa
As a general tonic for the female reproductive system, massage the stomach and back with
• 4 drops cypress
• 4 drops of clary sage
• 2 drops fennel
• 30ml of sweet almond
Nursing Mothers:
Promote the flow of breast milk by massaging the breasts with:
• 5 drops of fennel
• 30ml of sweet almond.
• BE SURE TO REMOVE OIL BEFORE FEEDING.

The magic of Marjoram

Healing with Marjoram.


Marjoram is a garden herb that has remained a culinary favourite for thousands of years; it has wide-ranging therapeutic properties, too.
The warm and penetrating aroma of marjoram is both relaxing and restorative.
It’s peppery and spicy fragrance has camphorous undertones that evaporate to leave a soft, sweet scent. This garden herb can also be used for a wide range of healing therapies.
Marjoram alleviates aches and pains, making it an excellent massage oil for stiff tired muscles. It can be used as a sedative to promote a restful night’s sleep, and it’s relaxing action provides a remedy for headaches.

Soothing for the stomach:

The herb aids digestion by stimulating and strengthening the muscles of the digestive tract. It relieves intestinal spasms, heartburn and flatulence. Its application in an abdominal massage eases cramps and it is valuable for treating the symptoms of PMT.

Marjoram for Menstrual issues.

Marjoram is a valuable aid to women who suffer from menstrual problems. Use the warming action of this oil to calm period pains and relieve the symptoms of PMT.
• Relax your body by stepping into a deep warm bath containing 4 drops of marjoram oil and 3 drops of chamomile oil. The synergistic blend of oils will calm uterine spasms.
• Another method of easing painful periods cramps with marjoram is to apply a hot compress made by adding 3 drops of marjoram oil and 2 drops of clary sage oil to a bowl of hot water. Soak a flannel in the dilution for a few minutes and then rest it on your stomach. Place a hot water bottle on top of the compress to retain the warmth.
• Balance mood swings and feelings of agitation associated with PMT with a full body massage. Add 4 drops each of marjoram, lavender and rose oil to 25ml of sweet almond oil.

Marjoram Oil for stiff muscles:

Massage away muscular stiffness, aches and pains and bring back movement back for stiff or rheumatic joints.
• Relax cold muscles before exercise with a brisk rub, adding 4 drops of marjoram oil and 3 drops each of basil and pine oil to 20ml of grapeseed oil.
• Alleviate muscular aches my massaging the affected area with 5 drops marjoram, 4 drops ginger and 3 drops of vetivert to 25ml of sweet almond oil. This remedy is particularly effective for treating lower back pain.
• In winter, boost circulation by relaxing in a hot bath containing a blend of warming oils: 2 drops each of marjoram, benzoin and clary sage.

Soothe the mind:

Ease anxiety and tension with marjoram’s sedative action. Its calming effect will aid relaxation and dispel tension headaches and insomnia.
• Soothe nervous tension headaches by massaging the forehead, neck and shoulders with 4 drops marjoram and 2 drops each of lavender and peppermint oil with 10ml of sweet almond oil. Both Marjoram and lavender are relaxing and the peppermint offers potent pain relief.
• Dispel insomnia by massaging the soles of the feet each night with 2 drops of marjoram and lavender to 10ml of grapeseed oil. These sedative oils are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.

Put the pep back in your step

Put the pep back in your step with Peppermint.

 

Peppermint oil has been used as a tonic for centuries, and its fresh aroma is evident in toothpastes and mouthwashes today.

Peppermint is a powerful digestive stimulant; it aids the digestion of fats and strengthens liver function.  This makes it an excellent oil for relieving indigestion and treating gastric fevers and diarrhoea.

Decongestant properties

Peppermint stimulates the circulation, reviving aching muscles and joints.  It is also a powerful decongestant  and can be used to help with fevers and respiratory infections.  Additionally, it acts as a good deodorant.

Peppermint complements other decongestant oils, especially eucalyptus and thyme, which work to boost the body’s immune system.  Its aroma can also help to cool feelings of anger, hysteria or emotional burnout.

Focus your mind with Peppermint

Refreshing Peppermint oil invigorates the mind, acting as a nerve tonic and stimulant.

~ To sharpen concentration and alertness, simple combine 5 drops each of peppermint and basil oil with 10 drops of lemon in a room vaporizer.

~ To fight mental fatigue and emotional burnout with a stimulating whole body massage.  Add 50ml sweet almond oil to 4 drops each of peppermint and geranium and 10 drops rosemary.

~ Clear headaches with a soothing neck massage using peppermint and lavender oils.

Digestive Disorders

Use Peppermint’s digestive and antiseptic properties to help with common digestive disorders.

~ For relief from constipation, dilute 3 drops of peppermint, 5 drops lemon and 7 drops rosemary in 25ml  of grapeseed oil.  Massage gently over the abdomen in clockwise, circular movements every couple of hours.

~ Help with diarrhoea with an aromatic compress.  Mix 5 drops each of peppermint, ginger and marjoram in hot water.  Soak a facecloth in this, wring and apply to the abdomen.

Revive tired feet

Just what the doctor ordered after a long day on your feet.

~Relieve aching feet in an invigorating foot spa that contains 4 drops each of peppermint and geranium along with 3 tablespoons of Epsom Salts.

~Combine 3 drops each of peppermint, rosemary and lavender with 25ml of grapeseed oil for a invigorating foot massage.  Firm, brisk strokes will increase circulation.

~ Make your own antiseptic foot powder to treat athletes foot.  Simply add 5 drops lavender and 3 drops                                                                                         peppermint to 2 tablespoons or corn flower.

Cold and flu remedies

~ Add 2 drops each of peppermint, rosemary and lavender to boiling water.

Place towel over your head and inhale steam for 5 minutes.

~ Treat feverish colds by putting a few drops of peppermint, eucalyptus and pine in a room diffuser or oil burner.

 

 

We have some amazing Aromatherapists available at the centre or just pop in to buy this astounding oil.

 

Homeopathy for colds and flu

Homeopathy for Colds, Coughs and Flu

If you don’t fancy another few months of antibiotics and cough medicines, why not try some of the following Homeopathic remedies:

Colds and Flu

Aconite 30c – No. 1 Remedy for nipping colds in the bud. Useful in the early stages of colds, fevers, sore throats and the inflammatory stage of other illnesses. Sudden onset often after exposure to cold. Much sneezing with pain at root of nose. Dry mucous membranes. Worse: evening or night and for touch. Better: fresh air and rest.

Arsenicum Alb 30c. – Catches cold easily, burning, watery nasal discharge alternating with dryness. Frequent sneezing without relief. Very chilly and shivery. Nostrils become sore and red and nose feels blocked alternating with watery discharge. Worse: change of temperature, cold, damp and after midnight. Better: heat and warm applications, hot drinks.

Euphrasia 30c Profuse bland nasal discharge, running red eyes with burning tears and frequent sneezing. Burning sore throat and eyes sensitive to light. Worse: light, in the evening. Better: during the day when up and about.

Eupatorium perf.30c – Chill followed by heat and sweating. Intense aching of bones as if broken or bruised. Great thirst for cold drinks. Worse: movement, cold, open air. Better; Resting, warmth, sweating.

Gelsemium 30c – No 1 remedy for flu. Dull, sluggish with heavy looking eyes and dull headache usually at the back of the neck. Chills and shivering up and down the spine. Aching muscles in limbs and back. Burning throat. Colds and flu usually comes on gradually. Worse cold, damp weather. Better: after urination.

Pulsatilla 30c Chilliness even in a warm room, nasal catarrh, bland and thick. Dry mouth with no thirst. Painful headache with changing, shifting symptoms. Worse in a warm room, after lying down. Better: in the open air.

Rhus Tox 30c – Very restless with aching in all muscles and stiffness. Just cannot get comfortable. Heat alternating with chills, pain in head and eyes with red face. Worse: night, first movement. Better: warmth

COUGHS

Aconite 30c- Sudden onset often after exposure to cold air. Dry croupy cough with runny nose and sneezing. Irritation of respiratory tract, hoarseness/dryness of throat. Worse: cold dry winds, talking and deep breathing. Better: lying on back.

Ant Tart 30c – Noisy, rattling, loose cough as if chest full of mucus. Young children or elderly with cough too weak to expel the mucus. Worse: night, especially from 10 pm until after midnight, lying flat, eating. Better sitting up and after expectoration

Bryonia 30c – Dry hacking cough in the evening and night without sputum. Spasmodic cough shaking the whole body, pain in the head an abdomen from coughing, better for holding the painful part. Dryness of all air passages with thirst. Worse: movement, deep breathing, lying in bed. Better: fresh air and for pressure of painful part.

Drosera 30c – Spasmodic, dry irritating coughs like whooping cough. Barking cough which is dry in the evening and loose in the morning. Sputum is yellow/green, bitter or offensive, bloody or pus like. Retching after spasmodic cough. Worse: after midnight, lying down, singing, laughing and drinking. Better: holding chest.

Spongia 30c – Barking, dry croupy cough with wheezing and rasping. Great dryness of all air passages. Scanty expectoration tasting salty, looser in the morning but no mucous rattle in the chest. Cough sounds like a saw being driven through a pine board. Sensation as if had to breath through a dry sponge. Worse: warm room, talking before midnight. Better: swallowing, especially warm drinks, sitting up and bending forward.

Our Homeopath, Lee Ni Chinneide is happy to discuss with you and/or supply any of these remedies – call 086-3710187 from Mon – Fri 9am to 10am for advice or to book appointments.

Have a herbal Detox this spring

Have a herbal detox this spring. 

Feel like a deep spring clean of your body?

Cleavers (Galium aparine) could really help you. You might know this innocent looking plant as sticky-back, goosegrass or catchweed. All of these names are fitting, as it sticks to your clothes when you walk through long grass. Remember it now?

Cleavers helps the body to eliminate uric acid and it cleanses the lymph glands, reducing inflammation and detoxing as it goes, and in this way it has many knock-on benefits for the body. This amazing little plant may even be growing in your back garden.

Why not try a bit of DIY cleansing this spring? This is one of the few plants that does not need to be infused in hot water or extracted in alcohol. Clean (filtered or distilled), cold water is all you need.

  1. Source this plant growing in a clean environment away from roads and free from any sprays (April-May is the best time, before it has begun to flower)
  2. Pick a generous amount of leaves and stem
  3. Macerate it so that the outer layer has been broken
  4. Put it in a pot and cover with water, and put the lid on
  5. Leave in the fridge or cool place overnight
  6. Strain it the next day
  7. Drink a glass of this liquid three times a day for five days every few weeks in  spring to give your body a boost

 

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