There are few things more uncomfortable than a stopped-up nose. If your nose is running, and you’re having post-nasal drip, you may imagine that mucus is the culprit. However, nasal congestion is actually a blockage of the passages due to swelling of the membranes lining the nose, caused by inflamed blood vessels.
If you’re throwing a backyard party this summer, you know your guests will be excited about a red, ripe watermelon. But after the melon is cut and served, don’t thrown away those seeds! In an earlier article, we highlighted 10 healthy benefits of watermelon seeds, which are surprisingly packed with nutrients. But there are more – in fact, here are 10 more health benefits of watermelon seeds.
Nothing says summer more than cutting into a ripe watermelon. The sweet red flesh of the fruit is the main attraction, but few people realize the value of watermelon seeds. Those are rich in fatty acids, essential proteins, and minerals.
There is no question we need to protect ourselves against mosquitoes. Most commercial sprays on the market, however, contain toxic chemicals that can have dangerous side effects when absorbed into skin. Fortunately, there are natural approaches that work.
In our last article, we discussed the fact that mold is widely present in our environment. There are more than a thousand types of mold, and most houses are affected. Some molds cause allergies and asthma; others are responsible for deadly infections and even cancer.
Most people have seen mold inside a shower curtain, under a sink, or in a basement. But few people realize the extent of the mold problem in our environment. Mold can grow anywhere, and it is often invisible. In fact, mold is a problem to some significant degree in most homes.
Although most Americans have been vaccinated with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, mumps has not been eradicated. Recently, 41 students at Harvard University came down with the disease, and, according to the Public Health department in Cambridge, each of those students had been vaccinated. Mumps have also cropped up at four other campuses in Boston, and four universities in Indiana. Thirteen cases of mumps have been diagnosed in California.
The Egyptians called aloe vera the plant of immortality, and Native Americans referred to it as the “wand of heaven.” It has long been prized for its healing properties. Today, many people keep an aloe vera plant at home to treat scrapes, cuts and burns. But aloe is even more beneficial when taken internally.