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Home Remedies for Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy rash

Poison Ivy rash

Oil from poison ivy can penetrate the skin in a matter of minutes and leave rashes and blisters if not treated properly. In most cases, the blisters and rashes start to appear 12 to 48 hours after exposure to the irritant. It is very important for people who came in contact with poison ivy to seek medical help and even more important to be provided with first aid relief. Here are a few things you can try.

  • Washing with soap and water

Wash the infected area with running water first. Try to get off as much oil as you can from the skin area. After washing with water, wash again with soap and water. Air dry the infected area as using a towel or a cloth will only absorb the unremoved oil and will probably cause problems later on.

  • Vinegar

Wash the infected area with soap and water first as instructed above. After doing so, apply vinegar onto the whole are with a cotton ball. Rinse off.

  • Cold Black Coffee

Simply pour cold black coffee on the infected area. Coffee is said to contain anti inflammatory substances like chlorogenic acid that can help ease inflammation.

  • Baking Soda

Make a paste using baking soda and water and apply it onto the area 3 times a day with a 2 hour interval for each application.

  • Aloe Vera

Simply break an aloe vera leaf and apply the gel onto the infected area. Let dry and rinse off. Aloe vera, like coffee, also has anti inflammatory properties.

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3 Great Natural Ways to Fight Off Depression



Having a family member or a friend who is undergoing depression can be troubling and quite depressing too! The bad thing is that depression has become very much common most especially in the busy and complicated lives that people lead today. Although there are psychiatrists, psychologists and medicines, there are also natural remedies that can help fight off depression.

  • St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort has become highly popular among people who constantly undergo depression. It is usually found in subtropical and temperate climates but is also available in most health food stores and boutiques. St. John’s Wort comes in many forms including capsules, tablets, liquid extracts and popularly, tea. It can help promote relaxation and is also a popular remedy to treat some sleeping disorders.

  • Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea is a natural adaptogen which can help the body adapt more effectively to stress and even strengthen the immune system. It grows in cold regions like the alpine regions of the North Hemisphere. Rhodiola Rosea is also known to relieve anxiety, stress and generally make an individual’s mood better.

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are known to help lower depression. In some studies, countries who consume more fish – a good source of omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have depressed individuals. Omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained through fish and some supplements that usually come in capsules. Most fish oil capsules are made available in health stores and online stores too.

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4 Simple Tips on How to Prevent Hepatitis

Hepatitis can be prevented

Hepatitis can be prevented

Hepatitis refers to a health condition wherein the liver is inflamed due to viral infection. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C which are what we call the three main types of hepatitis.

Hepatitis A is primarily transmitted through fecal and oral contact. This means that the Hepatitis A virus can be spread by being in contact with people who are diagnosed with Hepatitis A or by consuming drinks and beverages that are feces laden (no matter how small the amount is).

Hepatitis B and C are primarily transmitted through contact with body fluids such as semen and infected blood. This means that the Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C viruses can be transmitted through sexual activity, sharing of needles either through medical procedures or drug use and even passed on from mother to child upon giving birth.

There are vaccinations to prevent Hepatitis A and B but not Hepatitis C. Here are a few preventive tips that might help lower the chances of getting hepatitis.

  • Regularly wash your hands.

Hand washing is one great, simple and often overlooked preventive tip for contacting most diseases and illnesses. Hand washing is particularly effective in preventing Hepatitis A as this type of Hepatitis is transmitted through the fecal – oral route. Wash your hands often most especially if you do not know who is handling the food you’re about to consume or how the food is prepared.

  • Observe proper use of needles. Ensure that needles are used for one time only and are not recycled.
  • Get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B.
  • Practice safe sex. Always be protected.

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Popular Home Remedies for Anemia



Anemia is a nutritional deficiency that involves a decrease in blood cell count and the blood’s hemoglobin content. There are various causes for anemia including blood loss and the death and termination of red blood cells.

Anemia can be a threat to your health as it can lead to oxygen deprivation, fatigue or the stopping of bodily functions. It is quite difficult to prevent anemia but it can be highly avoided by eating iron rich foods like green leafy vegetables, liver, dried fruits, breads and pastas. There are also some home remedies that might help treat anemia.

  • Dry Cereal

Dry cereal without sugar can be a great home treatment for anemia. Cereals are often fortified with vitamin B12, folic acid and iron.

  • Spinach

    Eat iron enriched food to treat anemia

    Eat iron enriched food to treat anemia

Spinach can provide cheap and effective treatment for anemia since it contains lots of folic acid and iron. You can consume it raw by adding it to salads or you can sauté spinach with other vegetables and some meat. Spinach can also be steamed to preserve its nutritional content.

  • Beets

Beets are highly known for their potassium, fiber and folic acid content. There are lots of ways to prepare beets but one of the recipes getting more popular is simply keeping the skin on and cooking it through the microwave. Make sure to peel off the skin before consuming it though.

  • Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is also known as “blood builder” with 3.5 mg. of iron content in each tablespoon. It is highly sweet and can be used in waffles and pancakes.

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