Posts in the ‘Health-Bytes’ Category

Essential oils for winter ailments

A common over-the-counter remedy is “Vicks VapoRub”, which is indicated “for temporary relief of nasal congestion and cough associated with a cold”.  The active ingredients in this product include the isolated constituents of camphor, menthol and eucalyptol, all of which can be found in particular essential oils.  Pure, whole essential oils are preferable for optimal Read More

Natural treatment options

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases (Part 2)

This article considers the natural treatment options for colds and ‘flu, specifically in the areas of Naturopathy, Homeopathy, nutrition and supplementation, and aromatic medicine. Naturopathy, herbs and spices Naturopathic and herbal medicines have been used for aeons to treat many illnesses, including symptoms like runny noses, coughs and muscle aches associated with colds and ‘flu.  Modern clinical research Read More

Habit of the moringa plant

Marvellous Moringa

Moringa [Ben/Behen], is known as the miracle tree – and with good reason.  It grows to a height of only 7 – 12 m and has a lifespan of a mere 20 years.  Though not as impressive in stature or longevity as the beloved baobab, it can more than hold its own in the impressive Read More

Iodine solution

Iodine supplementation

Iodine is probably the most deficient trace mineral on Earth. It is estimated that a third of mankind is functioning below optimal level due to deficiency. The Japanese, one of the healthiest societies, have a daily intake of about 14 mg. The FDA recommends 150 mcg daily as essential to prevent goitre and cretinism, but the optimal Read More

Ward of colds and 'flu

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases (Part 1)

We may be well into the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” to quote a line from the poem To Autumn by John Keats, but this time of year also heralds the season of sniffles, sneezes, coughs and wheezes for many folks. The article title alerts us to the need for good hygiene, but there’s Read More


Vitamin D3 — we all need it

Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin that most of us are lacking. It is made in the skin, or consumed in the diet, processed in the liver, then converted in the kidneys to calcitriol, its active form, which is actually a hormone with far-reaching benefits in the body. Who is at risk? Many South Africans, Read More

Ravintsara – a winter-wonder oil

Ravintsara, an essential oil from Madagascar, is a very potent anti-viral agent. It works effectively for most respiratory complaints [flu, laryngitis, colds, bronchitis, etc] and boosts the immune system. It can be sniffed, diffused or applied to the chest or feet, and should always accompany you when flying, to protect you. Its anti-inflammatory action is useful in fibromyalgia. Cold sores respond well too.

coconut halves

Benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil is flavour of the week, and there are excellent reasons why it should be top of the list. Taken internally, it strengthens the immune system, normalises your lipid profile and protects your heart, assists weight-loss, improves energy and performance and fights a range of microbes. Applied to the skin, it is a healing balm and moisturiser. Should one use virgin or RBD coconut oil? Should one cook with it or eat it raw?
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Naturopathic Treatment of Arthritis

“Oooooh, my aching bones!” How often have you heard this refrain echoed? Chances are the lament referred to one or other form of arthritis. Arthritis is classically defined as a degenerative disease of the joints characterized by some of the cardinal signs of inflammation: rubor et tumor cum calore et dolore [redness and swelling with Read More

The Problem with Grain Consumption

The problems with grain consumption started quite a long time ago – thousands of years ago it seems! Our nomadic hunting-and-gathering Paleolithic forefathers [2 million BCE-10,000BCE] didn’t have the easy modern day access to grains, and when and if they did ingest it, it sure wasn’t available as sliced white, low GI wholegrain, or lusty Read More


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