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Women's Health and Wellness

Women's Health for all ages...

This page is dedicated to the specific needs and concerns of women, throughout their lives.

"Women's health and wellness" is a broad category that covers physical, emotional, and mental health issues. Your health is the foundation for all areas of your life, including mental agility, energy, and beauty. Why take a surface approach to wellness, when you can build from the inside out?

Women often neglect their own health and well-being in favour of taking care of the people around them. Take the time you need to treat yourself properly and to rebuild yourself. It's like what they tell you on the airplane - put your own oxygen mask on before helping others. It does those around you no good if you get run down and have nothing to give.


Women's Wellness Topics: Beauty, Dieting, PMS, Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids, Anemia, Menopause, Osteoporosis
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Herbal Beauty

Natural Beauty starts from the inside and works outward. Getting the right amount of nutrients, minerals, water, and sleep are the easiest changes to make - changes that will be reflected in your skin, hair, eyes, and general aura.

There are many aspects of beauty and self-improvement, and many reasons to set up a regimen for yourself. If you are going through a particularly stressful point in your life and want to make a few changes that will help you feel more confident and relaxed, you might investigate some of the options here, as well as in the Dieting and Fitness section below.

From Aromatherapy to Cosmetics there are key herbs and basic items that can help you look and feel your best.

Basics.

Keep these items on hand and practice the following techniques. They are the foundation of any beauty regimen, with an eye to your health.

  • Distilled Water - the absolute basis for your body, inside and out. Be sure you are getting enough of this each and every day, and use it in your infusions and decoctions for your teas and herbal baths.
  • Steam Facial Baths - this is a technique which opens your pores and cleanses your skin of toxins. In a wide shallow bowl, or your bathroom sink, pour 3 cups of boiling water for each tablespoon of crushed dried herbs or handful of fresh herbs. Keep your face at least 25 cm (10 inches) away from the surface of the water, and cover your head and the bowl/sink with a towel. After 10 minutes, you can add cold distilled water to the hot until it is cool enough to splash on your face and use as a rinse.
  • Herbal Baths - using a tepid infusion of an herb to cleanse and tone the skin.
  • Shea Butter - a good basis for skin care in the forms of lip balms, creams, and soaps. Oils is moisturizing, reduces the appearance of scars, and fades stretch marks.
  • Tea Tree oils - Keep some of this oil on hand as its antiseptic properties make it a great first aid product.
  • Aloe Vera - minimize facial blemishes with the gel of this multipurpose plant.
  • Lecithin - creams made from this soy product are excellent moisturizers and skin rejuvenators. Use this to avoid and minimize wrinkles.
  • Lemon - Antiseptic and antifungal, lemon oil helps treat many skin ailments.

Herbs to use:

Never put undiluted volatile oils directly on your skin, unless it says otherwise. (Noted exceptions are tea tree oil and lavender.)
  • Borage - Good for dry and sensitive skin.
  • Calendula - good for varicose veins and broken capillaries.
  • Chamomile - this can actually be applied to skin as an oil, it is anti-inflammatory and astringent. Good for acne and headaches.
  • Cardamon - antiseptic and fragrant, use for relaxation.
  • Fennel - anti-inflammatory and skin-firming
  • Jasmine - Good for dry skin.
  • Lavender - relieves headaches, stress, and is great for skin.
  • Peppermint - Soothes irritated skin.
  • Spearmint - Milder than peppermint, good for acne and blemishes.
  • Sage - Good for wrinkles and eczema
  • Carrot - Good for eczema
  • Dandelion - Rich in emollients, good for mature and dry skin.
  • Frankincense - fights wrinkles, blemishes, and scars.
  • Parsley - Good for dry and sensitive skin.
  • Rosemary - Prevents hair loss, deep cleans skins, and is good for burns and eczema.
  • Thyme - Gentle antiseptic; good for blemishes.
  • Yarrow - Astringent, good for healing blemishes and oily skin.
  • Ylang-Ylang - Good for acne, hair growth, irritated and oily skin.

Women's Wellness Topics: Beauty, Dieting, PMS, Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids, Anemia, Menopause, Osteoporosis
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Dieting & Fitness

This section is being fleshed out and will be made available as soon as it is ready.


Women's Wellness Topics: Beauty, Dieting, PMS, Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids, Anemia, Menopause, Osteoporosis
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PMS

There are many herbal remedies for the symptoms of PMS, from general uterine tonics to ailment-specific herbs.

Speak with your Naturopath before undertaking any of these therapies to ensure they are safe for you. If you do not have a Naturopath, you can select one from our Practitioners database.


Women's Wellness Topics: Beauty, Dieting, PMS, Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids, Anemia, Menopause, Osteoporosis
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Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids

(clicking the links will give you more information on each.)

Ovarian cysts and fibroids are common in women, with most women experiencing no physical symptoms as a result. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS; see below) on the other hand, can reduce a woman's chances of becoming pregnant.

Ovarian cysts can happen quite regularly as the ovaries develop cyst-like growths called follicles as they release eggs each month. Sometimes those follicles will become plugged and fluid will remain inside for a short while, and then vanish on its own. In some women, however, they can continue to grow, sometimes rupturing and bleeding or twisting and causing abdominal pain.

Fibroids (also called: fibromyomas, fibromas, myofibromas, and myomas) are benign (non-cancerous) tumourous growths in the uterus itself. For most women, these will shrink on their own when they pass through menopause, but for some women, they will cause heavy periods, spotting between periods, and as a result of that extra blood loss, anemia, fatigue, and weakness. Fibroid embolization is a viable alternative to a hysterectomy or myomectomy, especially for younger women. This non-surgical procedure involves cutting off the blood supply to the fibroids so that they shrink and vanish.

Much has been written about influencing both ailments through diet and herbal remedies. As always these methods are not meant to replace a visit to a physician and a regulated treatment if you are having problems. Uterine Tonics are herbs that strengthen the muscles of the uterus, and include Blue Cohosh, False Unicorn, Angelica. Food and nutritional recommendations for preventing and treating each of these ailments are similar:

  • Reduce your intake of methyl-xanthines;
  • Reduce your intake of red meat, dairy, and eggs as they are estrogenic foods;
  • Remove fried foods from your diet;
  • Remove refined, processed foods from your diet;
  • Try to include one soy product a day (see phytoestrogen);
  • Other high-quality sources of protein include organic fowl, fish, lentils, and beans;
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly green leafy vegetables, beets, lemons, and carrots;
  • Consider seaweed as a source of other nutrients including iodine;
  • Make sure you are getting adequate amounts of vitamin A, vitamin E (400 I.U.), and vitamin C, as well as Iron and Zinc; and
  • Consider adding a multivitamin.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a serious metabolic disorder that is marked by the overproduction of male hormones that cause ovarian changes that prohibit regular ovulation, often leading to infertility. Women need certain levels of male hormones, or androgens, in their bodies to function normally, but in the case of PCOS, the body simply generates too much.

Despite the name, not all women who suffer from PCOS have cysts on their ovaries. This is a common cause of obesity, and often not diagnosed. One study found that American women visit four doctors before diagnosis. Women with PCOS often have high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a common contaminent in plastics, heat-transfer cash register receipts, and other goods, in their blood.

Search   antimutagenic, anticarcinogen, or antitumour, and see our current news and studies on PCOS.


Women's Wellness Topics: Beauty, Dieting, PMS, Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids, Anemia, Menopause, Osteoporosis
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Anemia

Hemolytic Anemia can be caused by a myriad of factors. Among them fibroids (see the section on this page), a lack of vitamin E, vitamin b6, and/or vitamin K. Pernicious Anemia is the body fighting itself, in the form of an antibody preventing red blood cells from vitamin B12. Deficiencies of Iron, bloodloss and genetic factors can all be sources of anemia.

Whatever the cause the body feels tired and weak, and it can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should contact your medical professional and seek treatment immediately.

Symptoms

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Constantly feeling cold
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion or loss of concentration
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Pale skin, including decreased pinkness of the lips, gums, lining of the eyelids, nail beds and palms
  • Rapid heart beat (tachycardia)
  • Sadness or depression

Women's Wellness Topics: Beauty, Dieting, PMS, Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids, Anemia, Menopause, Osteoporosis
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Menopause

There are many herbal remedies for the symptoms of Menopause, from general uterine tonics to ailment-specific herbs. Uterine tonics strengthen the muscles of the uterus to help you through this stage of life.

Speak with your Naturopath before undertaking any of these therapies to ensure they are safe for you. If you do not have a Naturopath, you can select one from our Practitioners database.


Women's Wellness Topics: Beauty, Dieting, PMS, Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids, Anemia, Menopause, Osteoporosis
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Osteoporosis

See Aging Gracefully.


Women's Wellness Topics: Beauty, Dieting, PMS, Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids, Anemia, Menopause, Osteoporosis
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Links

Magazines Online
HANS - Health Action Magazine
The online publication of the Health Action Network Society with info about healthy choices

Women's Wellness Topics: Beauty, Dieting, PMS, Ovarian Cysts & Fibroids, Anemia, Menopause, Osteoporosis
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Books

Women
Natural Hormone Balance for Women: Look Younger, Feel Stronger
Taking Charge of Your Fertility (Revised Edition): The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
Belinda Grant Viagas
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life from Thirty to Fifty
Beauty
A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients: Fifth Edition
by Ruth Winter
Natural Foot Care: Herbal Blends and Soothing Treatments to Pamper Your Feet
Stephanie Tourles
Natural Hand Care: Herbal Treatments and Simple Techniques for Healthy Hands and Nails
Norma Weinberg
Natural Hormone Balance for Women: Look Younger, Feel Stronger
Naturally Healthy Hair: Herbal Treatments and Daily Care for Fabulous Hair
Mary Beth Janssen
The All Natural Facial Recipe Book
Dawn M. Waldock
Menopause
Get Off the Menopause Roller Coaster: Natural Solutions for Mood Swings, Hot Flashes, Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression, and Other Symptoms
by Shari Lieberman
No More HRT: Menopause Treat the Cause
by Karen Jensen and Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe
Super Nutrition for Menopause: Take Control of Your Life Now and Enjoy New Vitality
by Ann Louise Gittleman
The Estrogen Alternative: Natural Hormone Therapy with Botanical Progesterone
by Raquel Martin and Judi Gerstung
Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause: A Guide to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health at Midlife and Beyond
by Suza Francina
Pregnancy
Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
Gurmukh, Cindy Crawford
Prenatal Yoga and Natural Birth
Jeannine Parvati Baker

Information on this website is for information purposes only.
Please consult a qualified health practitioner before taking any course of action.
Always check for counter-results before deciding on a course of action.

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