Essential Oils for the Winter and Cold

During the winter months it is common to develop bronchial infections, sinus infections, throat infections and viral, lung and bacterial infections if your immunity is low. These can truly make you feel unwell and interrupt your life for prolonged periods if not remedied. It seems though that keeping these at bay is almost impossible when you are surrounded by others sneezing and coughing all over you. Luckily there are a few things you can do to help combat some of the symptoms and help you to recover faster if you happen to catch a flu or virus.

One of the most helpful oils to combat these infections is Eucalyptus oil which is great for boosting your immune system and can help relieve respiratory conditions. This oil is also great for sore throats, coughs, headaches and seasonal allergies. Eucalyptus oil woks due to its ability to stimulate immunity and provide antioxidant protection. Always put a few drops only in a burner only as too much of an oil can negate some of its positive properties.

Peppermint oil is another winter oil great for muscle aches and pains associated with these conditions above. It can also help with seasonal allergy symptoms, boost energy levels when you are feeling a little flat due to infection, and help with digestive complaints. Red pine needle oil will also help with your immune system and help fight off viruses and always remember that tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic.

When combining these oils in the following recipe it can help combat all of the above-mentioned problems, bronchial infection, sinus infection, throat infection and viral, lung and bacterial infections which will help you quickly get back to good health.

All you have to do is put 8 drops of each of these oils into a vaporiser with water and then inhale the steam that the vaporiser is producing. These oils as mentioned above are eucalyptus, peppermint, red pine needle oil, and tea tree oil. Simply do this a few times and then let the rest of the oils fill the room.

Next time you are feeling a little unwell and have one of these illnesses give this oil combination a go and it may have you feeling better in no time at all. This simple remedy can help with the symptoms and those awful feelings that come with the illness. It is important that if these are not helping however that you go see a health care professional for a proper diagnosis of your illness.

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Medicinal Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a perennial plant, which is mainly cultivated worldwide for its medicinal and agricultural benefits. The aloe gel is extracted from the fleshy leaves of the plants. This plant has been widely studied for its therapeutic uses, some of which are described below.

Useful in:

Digestion | Boosts Immune system | Cancer | Skin | Hair | Arthritis | Bone and Muscles | Heals wounds | Women health | Nausea | Diabetes II | Acid Reflux | Anti-aging |

How this helps:

Antioxidant and anti-microbial properties:

Aloe gel consists of many phytochemicals with a probable antioxidant property like anthraquinone C-glycosides, other anthraquinones like emodin, lectins, acetylated mannans, anthrones, etc. Furthermore, salicylic acid is also present in the gel, which has shown antibacterial properties.

Skin:

Aloe vera has been used since ancient times for topical application and treatment of burns, cuts, stings, rash and any other skin infection. The vitamin E present in the plant helps in diminishing the harmful effects of UV rays like sunburns, pimples, and blisters. In several cases, it has been noted that applying the gel on even third-degree burns, helps in faster healing of the wounds and restores the skin faster. Furthermore, the gel also helps in removing tan and stretch marks.

Bones, Joints, and Muscles:

The anti-inflammatory property of Aloe vera helps in reducing many inflammatory conditions like arthritis and even decreases the joint and muscular pain. A topical application of the aloe gel reduces swelling and redness around the affected area and eases the pain.

Cancer:

Some researchers also stated that Aloe vera contained many compounds which arrested the growth of cancerous cells and prevent tumor formation. The polysaccharides present in the aloe plant consist of effective macrophages that release huge amounts of nitric oxide, which has anti-cancer properties. Aloe gel also helps in soothing the burns and wounds that arise due to radiotherapy treatments.

Aging:

With progressing age, the skin loses its natural elasticity and becomes dry, which increases the occurrence of wrinkles or fine lines. Aloe gel helps in removing the dead skin cells and moisturizes the skin. Some researchers have also stated that aloe gel improves the skin elasticity and delays the onset of ageing.

Hair fall:

The pH of the scalp is acidic, i.e., 5.5. The commercial shampoos and hair products are alkaline in nature and can change the scalp pH. Any change in the scalp pH can cause hair-related problems, like hair fall, dandruff, oily hair, etc. Aloe vera removes the dead cells from the scalp, maintains scalp pH, reduces infections and soothes the scalp.

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In-Home Caregiver Shortages Causing Issues For Seniors And Their Families

As the baby-boomer generation continues to age, the shortage of in-home care professionals is stretching to the breaking point. There are not enough senior assisted living facilities with affordable price points, and most baby-boomers don’t want to leave their homes anyway. This leaves few options. Some families have at least one offspring that has the resources, patience, knowledge and time to care for their elderly parents, but that’s not always the case. What about smaller families? The chances are slim to none.

Many baby-boomers have amassed a nice nest egg for their later years, and will hire an in-home caregiver. Some don’t have the capacity to understand how to deal with these challenges, how to go about seeking assistance, and thus, their kids are left with the challenges; finding a reputable agency, and trying to get a fair and reasonable price for caregiver services.

Recently, there was an article in the WSJ titled: “US Running Out of Caregivers – Smaller, more far-flung families mean fewer unpaid helpers; Are you really my daughter?” by Clare Ansberry, published on July 21, 2018. The article noted many unfortunate converging trends such as the number of single people over 70 with no spouse to take care of them were anything to happen. Also, fewer choices for long-term care insurance as some companies have stopped providing such insurance coverage. Another problem is the percentage of our population challenged by obesity, deteriorating health. Dementia numbers are also on the rise.

Baby-Boomers and the next generation coming up have had fewer kids, therefore narrowing the possibility that one of the offspring can stop their lives to care for their elderly parents.

Within 10-years there could be a 13% increase in the number of caregivers – that’s the good news – but there will be an 84% increase in the number of people above age 65. Worse, the estimated number of people with Alzheimer’s is projected to increase 150% by 2030, provided no cure is found. The demographics do not lie here.

Okay so, what happens with there is a shortage of anything? Supply and Demand 101 dictates that prices will go up. If the cost of nurses and facilities to house seniors go up – there will be a larger demand for paid in-home caregivers. Who will fill this vacuum as shortages increase? Well, perhaps anyone who wants a job and that brings me to my final point.

How do you know you are getting a qualified caregiver or care professional? Best to hire an agency that does solid background checks, and knows what to look for, otherwise, this challenge of caring for a love one could get a lot bigger. Think on this.

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