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TENSION HEADACHES At least 45 million Americans are regularly hit with headaches, say researchers at the National Headache Foundation. Blame cortisol, the stress hormone than hamp ers your body s production of painkilling hormones called endorphins. On top of th at, cortisol makes scalp muscles more likely to become inflamed and tight. Rx: Chamomile essential oil. Massaging this aromatic oil into your temples and n eck can shut down a tension headache in as little as 10 minutes, says James F. B alch, M.D., co-author of Prescription for Natural Cures. Chamomile is rich in sal icylic acid, azulene and chlorogenic acid -- plant compounds that soothe overact ive nerves, dampen pain and relax tight muscles. DIY: Mix 12 drops of chamomile essential oil into one ounce of olive oil and mas sage gently but firmly into your temples and neck until the pain eases. Or make a soothing hair rinse by mixing 10 drops of this essential oil into 16 ounces of water and massaging it into your temples, scalp and neck during your shower. BACK PAIN According to researchers at Ohio s Cleveland Clinic, as many as 36 million women are struggling with an achy back right now -- and 90 percent of Americans will b e slammed with bad back pain at some point in their life. Rx: Devil s claw. At least 12 studies have shown that this herb -- which got its o dd name from the hook-like points on its fruit -- relieves back pain as effectiv ely as prescription pain relievers, but without the tummy upset or other side ef fects. In fact, just 2 to 4 grams daily soothes even severe back pain for 75 per cent of people within one month -- and it makes chronic pain disappear for at le ast one in three sufferers. Credit goes to devil s claw s active ingredient -- harpag oside -- a proven pain reliever and muscle relaxant, plus a surprisingly powerfu l anti-inflammatory, explains Luke Mortensen, Ph.D., herbal researcher and profes sor of pharmacology at Des Moines University in Iowa. DIGESTIVE UPSETS Nearly 66 percent of women regularly struggle with digestive upsets, with heart burn, bloating and indigestion topping the list, according to the Cleveland Clin ic. Rx: Apple cider vinegar. If your tummy s often in an uproar, small daily doses of cider vinegar can improve your digestion in as little as two days, says gastroen terologist Joseph Brasco, M.D., author of Restoring Your Digestive Health. It s pac ked with malic and tartaric acids -- powerful digestive aids that speed fat and protein breakdown, so your stomach can empty quickly and effectively. DIY: Sip one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with eight ounces of water a few minutes before each meal. FOOD CRAVINGS Cravings sabotage up to 95 percent of dieters. Even people at their ideal weigh t find it hard to fend off cravings, say researchers at Yale University. Food cra vings are frustrating, because they can drive you to eat even when your tummy is comfortably full -- or when you re already feeling stuffed and bloated! says Alan Hirsch, M.D., neurological director of Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foun dation in Chicago. Rx: Vanilla essential oil. Research from The Smell & Taste Treatment and Researc h Foundation show that smelling vanilla targets the brain s satiety center, shutti ng down hunger pangs and cravings within two minutes, helping women effortlessly shed up to five pounds monthly. Vanilla works equally well whether it s sniffed f
Rx: Coconut oil. But here s the snag: MSM i s destroyed when food is processed by manufacturers. The same pressure on your belly would cause morepain. Rx: Sulfur supplement. DIY: Massage 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into your hair and scalp. It s nature s number one source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) of fats that soak quickly into the scalp and hair follicles. say UCLA researchers. These pressure points stimulate your brain to produce pain-ki lling endorphins while dilating pelvic blood vessels to improve blood flow and f lush out inflammation-triggering hormones. Repeat once or twice weekly. say researchers at University of Miam i. And for some they are so severe that painkillers don t relieve the misery. dampen itchy scalp inflammation and kill off dandruf says Mary Enig. and it s an essential building bloc k of keratin. MENSTRUAL CRAMPS As many as eight in 10 women experience period cramps. says Dr. vegetables and meats. brittle hair. bu t pricey shampoos rarely make a dent in the problem. That s because nonstop stress depl . tasteless form of sulfur is found n aturally in many fruits. BRITTLE FINGERNAILS Splitting.acupressure can cut out 50 percent or more of your cramps within five minutes. cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes then shampoo well. more break-resistant nail s in as little as two months. DRY HAIR AND DANDRUFF Harsh weather.and it s one of the most common complain ts women take to their dermatologists. according to Yale Univer sity. Ph. This odorless. Place your thumbs on your arches. chipped nails are the blight of millions of women nationwide. . massage into your hands and arms whenever cravings flare. like exposure to wa ter.the sort of thing you feel when your best-laid pla ns go awry or your to-do list becomes way too long -.onychoschizia -. at leas t temporarily. detergents and chemicals. Surveys suggest dry hair and dandruff plague up to 50 million women.D. flaky dandruf f flare. Rx: Acupressure. DIY: Mix 25 drops of vanilla oil into 8 ounces of unscented lotion. otherwise it could take months to see results (if not longer). wrapping y our hands around your feet.or visit a trained massage therap ist or chiropractor -. since those tissues are already tender and inflamed. Lose Fat. adding 2. Hir sch. Nail polish can hide the problem. You ll craving will be quashed for o ne hour or more. according to researchers at the University of Alabama Hosp itals in Birmingham. Adding more whole foods to your diet will help. Gently press and rub the tender spots on your arches for five minutes. And yeast overgrowths on the scalp can make itchy. CHRONIC STRESS Repeated surges of stress -. author of Eat Fat. DIY: Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet together and your legs relaxed so your knees droop to the ground.. healthier. relaxers and other chemicals can lead to dry .000 milligrams of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) to their daily die t helped 70 percent of women grow stronger. The and shine. but it won t protect against day-to-day abuses. According to research at the Oregon Health Sciences Unive rsity. the protein that makes your nails strong. hair colors. perms. but the quickest way to see results is by taking an MSM sup plement. The pr oblem even has a name -. a unique group y give hair body f-causing yeast.rom the bottle or massaged into skin and inhaled slowly from there.can quickly escalate into chronic tension and troubling bouts of anxiety. Whether you do it yourself -.
is one of their top supplements. the two most crucial and refreshing stag es of sleep.etes your brain of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). According to researchers at the University of Bridgeport. r educe anxiety and help squash the nicotine cravings that sabotage the effort to quit. Those regular mini-massages also improve moods.plus it allows the brain to rebuild its stockpile of GABA by kee ping anxiety-triggering stress hormone levels low. which are uniquely rich in pressure receptors. DIY: Keep a vial of essential oil of marjoram handy (it s sometimes called sweet m arjoram). say Stanford researchers. according to a Harvard study. New MOOD which has 5-HTP and L-tryptopha n which metabolizes into 5-HTP. according to the Centers for Disease Contr ol and Prevention (CDC). Many people don t absorb melatonin very well -. Rx: Marjoram essential oil. Share with friends and family.k. a neurotransmitter that helps you stay calm in the midst of chaos. INSOMNIA As many as 60 million Americans toss and turn night after night. mood-steady ing hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. direc tor of the University of Miami s Touch Research Institute (TRI). The reason: Marjoram s aroma soothes the amygdala -.onnit. author of Mind Boos ters. Take a one-milligram melatonin supplement 30 minu tes before lights-out to women drift off more easily. l ike nicotine patches and even antidepressants. regu lar two-minute hand massages help women cut down from 16 cigarettes daily to jus t one a day within four weeks. M.the brain region that triggers fearful thoughts a nd anxieties -. weaken your immunity and double your risk of depression. say Stanford University researchers.com/?a_aid=HigherPerspective QUITTING SMOKING At least 45 million Americans smoke. Inhaling the rich. and whenever you feel yourself getting anxious.a 5-HTP.but they can absorb 5-HTP.https://www. quitting is still really hard.. Often the area of the brain that produces melatonin (the sleep hormone) becomes sluggish.and re member to massage the sides. plus increase your production of calming. Your hands are covered with pressure receptors that send calming messages t o your brain through your central nervous system. concentration and creativity by 32 percent. Ph. with Leanne Elliott. Check out Onnit Labs here . their supplement. Stimulating those nerves can c ut cravings by 32 percent. And doctors at the National Institutes of Health say 5-HTP doesn t j ust help you drift off the way melatonin does -. deep sniffs. Rx: Natural Sleep Supplements. If that doesn t work.D. says nutrition researcher Ray Sahelian. kneading motion -. taking 100 to 30 0 milligrams of 5-HTP at bedtime cuts insomnia flare-ups 62 percent or more with in six weeks. try 5hydroxytryptophan. Specifically. the basic building block your brain needs to produce its own melatonin. irritable or edgy. DIY: Start with an all-over hand massage using a firm. Regular bouts of sleeplessness can cut your focus. Onnit Labs is one of the world s leading manufacturers in 5-HTP suppl ements.D. making restless nights more likely. . explains Tiffany Field. a.. tak e five slow. Finish by massaging your palms. pads and nail beds of each finger and thumb. herbal aroma of marjoram essentia l oil reduces chronic stress and anxiety within 20 minutes. Rx: Hand massages. According to researchers at Florida s University of Miami. And despite an arsenal of products available to help.it also increases the time you spend in dreaming sleep and deep sleep.
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