Monthly Archives: February 2015

Bronchitis

Bronchitis vs. pneumonia, a no win situation whatever the angle you are looking at it from. Bronchitis is a respiratory illness where the membranes that are contained in the air passages becomes inflamed due to several causes like viral, bacterial, and even normal everyday pollution and smoking can cause it.

Pneumonia on the other hand, is an infection of the structures of the lung, primarily of the tiny air sacs called alveoli, and is caused mainly by viruses and bacteria alike, although certain kinds of drugs and some auto immune diseases also tend to cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is a deadly disease if left unchecked and is responsible for four million deaths every year, most of it from poor and developing countries which apparently lacks the proper diagnostic care needed to address pneumonia cases.

Bronchitis and pneumonia two totally different diseases apparently share many similar symptoms though people that have severe bronchitis having a relatively good chance of acquiring pneumonia in most cases. Bronchitis usually clears up within a few weeks to a month tops, while those with pneumonia have a decent chance of dying from it especially those with advance age. So we clearly can see which of the two diseases are more potent.

With regards to treatments, pneumonia certainly deserves more resources and time for it to be addressed properly whereas with regards to bronchitis, it is easily cured and apparently we can do something about it.

Signs and Symptoms of Bronchitis

  • Discomfort especially on chest area and sometimes also on a large part of the back
  • Productive coughing that is uneasily cured (greenish or yellowish mucus)
  • General body fatigue like the ones you experience when having a flu
  • Low grade fever that is sometimes accompanied by the chills
  • Shortness of breath even with only non-strenuous or no activity at all

Items which Typically Leads to One Suffering Bronchitis

  • Persons who smoke or lives with somebody who does has a high risk of contracting bronchitis
  • Low immunity because of a current sickness or outstanding condition which eventually opens the body to several opportunistic diseases like bronchitis
  • Daily exposure to lung irritants like daily pollution, textiles, grains, smoke, toxic chemicals, and strong smells
  • Conditions which affects the throat constantly like gastric reflux makes you prone to suffering bronchitis

Bronchitis Remedies

  • Taking of proper rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and the avoidance of irritants which causes bronchitis are the first things to do when suffering from the effects of bronchitis
  • Using of over the counter medicine to address the fever associated with bronchitis and also the use of a humidifier to assist in the proper ventilation of a patient that has difficulty of breathing
  • The natural methods of treating bronchitis are highly recommended as they are both potent and not particularly harmful to the body when used. Food items such as peppers, turmeric and holy basil are effective against bronchitis in general, while performing yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation also helps in curing bronchitis without taking in anything into the body.

Published: February 27, 2015

Head Care the Natural Way

Modern media certainly has gotten its hold on the way of how we take care of ourselves. There is always this and that product which preaches total cure on whatever it is that problems us. Hair care is no different as there are numerous products that are readily available at a moment’s notice which vies for our attention, promising us the heavens if only we reach out for them.

But there is another way for us to consider, with regards to the general well-being of our heads that we must take into consideration. It is the natural way of dealing with problems that prop up during every day living, that we somehow forgotten along the way. Certainly our ancestors didn’t have the products that are apparently available now, but still they have dealt with the same problems and solved them in their own way, the natural way.

Here are several examples of the natural ways of dealing with problems we encounter with our full head of hair, it may be noteworthy if we give them a chance the next time we encounter said problems, who knows, they might even be better than the advertised ones.

Dry Hair

Try putting whole egg yolks to the scalp and hair to treat severely dry hair. Place one half cup of egg yolks directly on top of the head and massage into the scalp and the length of the hair. Leave on for twenty minutes and rinse off thoroughly with cool water, shampoo normally after the process. Repeat once a month for great results.

Itchy Scalp

There are many remedies for dry scalp which you can choose from depending on your preference but the most effective one is with the use of a lemon and olive oil. The lemon’s acidity will take care of any loose dandruff and flakes while also dislodging tough to remove scabs on scalp, while the olive oil will take care of moisturizing the area preventing the further occurrence of such which is really due to dry scalp.

Mix two parts lemon juice, two parts olive oil, and two parts water into a mixture and place directly on the scalp, massaging it thoroughly so that it will be absorbed by the hair and the scalp fully. Leave on for thirty minutes and shampoo thoroughly afterwards. The process can be repeated every other week for best results.

Oily Hair

For oily hair, fill out an empty salt or pepper shaker full of cornmeal and shake all the contents into the head, making sure it reaches the scalp and other hard to reach areas. Leave on for ten minutes or until the oil in the scalp has been thoroughly absorbed by the flakes, brush it all off afterwards. Process could be repeated every other day until the oil in the scalp normalizes.

Sun Damaged Hair

Massage in half a cup of honey into the head making sure it reaches the scalp. Wait for twenty minutes, rinse with warm water and shampoo thoroughly. You can mix in a tablespoon of olive oil into the honey if you are having problems with removing the honey from your head.

Published: February 3, 2015