Rheumatoid Arthritis: Natural Treatment Options, Part 2


Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that can cause debilitating pain in the joints. The fatty acid, vitamin, and mineral listed below are not a cure but will help to relieve the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and decrease the occurrence of inflammation. It is best to consult with a medical personnel before using any minerals, supplements, and fatty acids listed below. Taking these items may not be suitable depending upon your health background and medication(s).


Fatty Acids, Vitamins, and Minerals:

Vitamin D3: Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium and for the functioning of calcium in the body. The natural type is produced in the skin in the form of cholesterol. Your body can make Vitamin D3 from the sun. Its ultraviolet B (UVB) energy converts the precursor to vitamin D3. Supplements are available for Vitamin D3. Food sources include the following:

  • fatty fish such ass tuna, mackerel, and salmon
  • foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
  • beef liver
  • cheese
  • shitake mushrooms
  • egg yolks

Magnesium: Magnesium is a mineral that is naturally produced in the body. It is very anti-inflammatory. Magnesium can be taken in the form of a supplement. Good dietary sources of magnesium can be found in dark green, leafy vegetables.  Also:

  • fruits or vegetables (such as bananas, dried apricots, and avocados)
  • nuts (such as almonds and cashews)
  • peas and beans (legumes), seeds
  • soy products (such as soy flour and tofu)
  • whole grains (such as brown rice and millet)
  • milk

Omega 3: Omega 3 is a fatty acid and very anti-inflammatory. Great sources of Omega 3 are deep water fish (such as salmon and anchovies). Grass-fed beef and farm-raised chickens are also healthy choices. Supplements may be used.



Bioflavonoids are plant compounds with medical benefits that comprise the pigments responsible for the bright colors of fruits and vegetables that are divided into four broad categories. Quercetin and proanthocyanidin are the two categories that concerns rheumatoid arthritis.

 Quercetin and proanthocyanidin are anti-oxdants with anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin is found in citrus fruit, berries, dark leafy greens, onions, and other foods sources.  Sources of proanthocyanidins are grapes (seeds and skins), apples, pecans, pistachios, and more food sources.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Natural Treatment Options, Part 1


Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that can cause debilitating pain in the joints. The herbs listed below are not a cure but will help to relieve the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and decrease the occurrence of inflammation. It is best to consult with a medical personnel before using the herbs listed below. Taking herbs may not be suitable depending upon your health background and medication(s).



Ginger: Ginger helps with inflammation. It inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory substances known as cytokines. The root is used in the form of decoction, tincture, fresh juice, powder, compress, candied, and as a spice. The essential oil of ginger can be applied to olive oil and massaged into the skin, too. Ginger shouldn’t be consumed if taking blood thinning medication.

Horse chestnut: Horse chestnut contains a compound called aescin which is anti-inflammatory. The seeds, bark, flowers, and leaves are what is used of Horse Chestnut. The extracted oil may be rubbed directly on the painful area. The unprocessed seeds, leaves, bark, and flowers of Horse Chestnut contain esculin, which is poisonous.

Properly processing Horse Chestnut seeds extract removes esculin. The processed extract is considered generally safe when used for short periods of time. Horse chestnut is usually taken in the form of a capsule.

Consult with a doctor before taking Horse Chestnut if taking lithium or diabetic medications. Horse Chestnut may cause a drop in blood sugar.

* For additional information related to aescin and its role with inflammation click on the subheading Mechanism of Action after clicking on the above link.

Stinging Nettle: The Stinging Nettle cleanses uric acid from the joints which relieves inflammation. An option for external treatment is to place a small amount in lotion to rub on the affected area. It is possible to apply the plant directly to the skin whipping the stems and leaves against the inflamed joint(s).

The sting creates irritation which draws the blood to the joint(s) that helps remove the inflammation.  The sting is painful and/or uncomfortable according to people but does go away. The sting is removed from the herb if juiced, cooked or made into a herbal remedy such as a tincture. Many people cook the leaves in soups, stews, or quiches.

Chaparral: Chaparral naturally grows in the Mediterranean, Southwest Australia, the African Cape Region, Central Chile, and California. Extracts or oils of Chaparral can be added to salves or lotions. The stem and leaves can be added to a bath to relieve the inflammation of arthritis. Some people do internally use this plant but it is recommended by medical personnel not to internally consume Chaparral due to the toxicity level.


Immunomodulating Herbs and Plants:

Immunomodulating herbs and plants build and strengthen the immune system.

Tulsi: The plant known as Tulsi is a plant. It grows abundantly in India, Western Asia, Malaysia, Central and South America, and even Puerto Rico. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground can be used. It can be used as a tea, decoction, tincture, fresh juice, poultice, or powder. Avoid using Tulsi if you have low blood sugar, trying to get pregnant, or taking blood thinning medications.

Ashwagandha: It is an herb that is commonly grown in India. Ashwagandha is grown in China, Nepal, and Yemen, as well. The roots are commonly used but the berries and leaves can be used, too. It can be taken and or used as a poultice, decoction, tincture, or, powder. Do not take this herb if taking medication for anxiety, seizures, or insomnia.














  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 2 eggs, beaten (or egg substitute)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt to taste

1. In a medium bowl, combine the zucchini, eggs, onion, flour, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and salt. Stir.

2. Heat a small amount of oil in a pan over medium to high heat. Place the zucchini mixture into the pan by the

 the tablespoon. Cook on each side until golden.



Herbs for Allergies & Sinuses Relief


Runny nose, watery eyes, mucous … sound familiar? The all too common symptoms of allergies and sinuses. You can find relief that is gentle on the body in herbs and spices. You can take the herbs listed below daily as prevention against the symptoms of allergies and sinuses.

Herbs that will help with inflammation and/or has antihistamine properties:

Stinging Nettle- decreases inflammation

Plantain Leaves- natural antihistamine and decrease allergic reaction to pollen

Lemon Balm- natural antihistamine and decrease allergic reaction to pollen

Reishi Mushroom- anti inflammatory

Cinnamon- anti-inflammatory

Yarrow- anti-inflammatory

Breaks up mucous and/or drains sinuses:

Elderberry- breaks up mucus, prevents and treats virus infection

Cayenne- drains sinuses

Hyssop- expels mucous

Thyme- loosen mucous

Ginger- eases pain and clears the head

Yarrow- dries the sinuses

Horseradish- drains sinuses

Horehound- helps thin and move mucus in acute and chronic allergies

Goldenrod- helps thin and remove excess mucus

Help with sinus infections:

Tea Tree Oil- treats and prevents sinus infections caused by reactions to molds and mildew

Cat’s Claw- fends off infections

Ginger- helps with pain of sinus infection

Helps with congestion:

Horehound- helps with chest congestion

Goldenrod- helps with congestion


Recipe for a Variety of Cheese Substitutes


Great news! For those of us who like cheese but don’t necessarily want to or shouldn’t eat actual cheese there are options. Below is a list of of options for those looking to eat cheese of the non dairy variety. Some of the options contain nuts. The links provides the recipes. Bon appétit

Tofu: smoked tofu mimics mozzarella or provolone on sandwiches or with crackers

Soy Cheese: This cheese will vary based on the casein, the protein that is gives cow’s milk cheese its elasticity. Cheese that does not have casein usually struggles to replicate it

Chickpea Cheese Spread: created by a mom who has kids with food allergies

Tofu Ricotta: tofu and spices

Fondue: the recipes includes cashews

Cashew Chive Spread

Nut Cheese Log Rolled in Chives Spread

Vegan Unprocessed Cheese Slices

Vegan Cottage Cheese


Crayon Makeup: Is It Safe?


Some people argue that crayon lipstick is safe if using crayola because it’s lead free. The argument often includes the fact that kids use crayons without any negative side effects. Yet, others think the opposite. The information below has been taken directly from Crayola’s website and is posted verbatim.

“As the manufacturer of children’s products, safety is our top priority at Crayola.


Although our products are nontoxic, we do not recommend using them to make eyeliner, lipstick or other makeup, and strongly discourage their use in this manner. The products were never intended to be used on the skin or face in this manner.

Makeup goes through specific and rigorous testing because it is intended to be used on the skin.  Because they were never meant to be used as makeup, our colored pencils or crayons have not been tested in the same way and should not be used as a cosmetic. They are not designed, tested or approved for this purpose.”

The link below will take you directly to Crayola’s website to read the original content.

Is it safe to use Crayola Crayons to make lipstick, eyeliner and other makeup?

Instructions: Lipstick Made from Crayons


Did you know that lipstick can be made from crayons? It’s true! There are videos on Youtube. Later, we’ll cover the safety of making lipstick from crayons.

You will need:

a pot

Applying Blue Lipstick For A Funky Look


coconut oil

a crayon

a container (to store the lipstick once made)

a separate container (to use when melting the crayon)


1. Heat water in pot/pan. There is no need to heat hot enough to boil.

2. Place the container in the pot/pan.

3. Place the crayon in the container and stir while it is melting to remove lumps.

4. Add coconut oil to the the melted crayon in the container to avoid the crayon becoming hard after it has melted.

5. Stir the the crayon and coconut oil in the container.

6. Pour lipstick in a storage container.

You can add more crayon to the mixture to make the color brighter or product less translucent. To make the lipstick smoother use additional coconut oil.  I’ve noticed people using 1/4 of a teaspoon of oil for 1/2 of a crayon. It is a matter of preference.

DIY: Pedicure


Okay, Spring is on its way so that means it’s time to show off your feet. Try a low cost pedicure.

What is needed?                                                                           


warm water


a bowl



Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and let the feet soak in this mixture for twenty to thirty minutes. Afterward, the white flaky skin will come off easily when rubbed with the hand or a pumice stone.


Video Tutorial: How To Make A Hydrosol



Below is a tutorial video explaining how to make hydrosols by Nadia Harper RHN, Holistic Nutritionist and Health Advisor. The video can be found on Making Healthy Choices. A hydrosol is the product that remains after roots, barks, plants, flowers, or seeds are steam distilled. A hydrosol can also be the remnants of the essential oil making process.  It can be used for aromatherapy or medicinal purposes. It’s fairly cheap and simple to make.


Nadia’s website has written instructions to make a hydrosol, too.


Related Articles:

Hydrosols and Floral Waters/Flower Waters: Gentle Ingredients for the Skin

Lists of Hydrosols

Hydrosol List for Oily Skin

Hydrosols and Floral Waters/Flower Waters: Gentle Ingredients for the Skin


Hydrosols are the products that remain after roots, barks, plants, flowers, or seeds are steam distilled. Hydrosols can also be the remnants of the essential oil making process. Unlike essential oils a hydrosol can be applied directly to the skin without dilution since this ingredient contains some elements of essential oil but to a lesser extent. Often hydrosols do not have a strong smell if any. Frequently, the essential oil and hydrosol may smell very differently from one another. The fragrances of hydrosols are sometimes enhanced by adding synthetic ingredients.



Hydrosols are known by different names such as floral waters, distillates, flower waters, and hydroflorates. Although, some suppliers make a distinction between floral waters/flower waters and hydrosols. According to some manufacturers who make a distinction floral waters are obtained by straining essential oil that has been mixed with distilled water for a certain length of time or by combining grain alcohol with the oil to create an emulsion. If the product is made through this process it will contain even less diluted elements of an essential oil than a hydrosol.

It is often true that floral waters/flower waters do not contain any elements or therapeutic properties of an essential oil. They strictly offer a mild fragrance. It is best to check with the company before purchasing hydrosols or floral water to check their definition of the product. Some suppliers label hydrosols and floral waters as the same thing while others label these products separately.


Related Article:

List of Hydrosols

Hydrosol List for Oily Skin