The Neuroscience Of Singing - Why a Song Makes You Feel a Certain Way

Singing Together Brings Heartbeats Into Harmony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The neuroscience behind singing, shows that when we sing, our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways. It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people, this effect is amplified.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The science is in. Singing is really beneficial for you and the most recent research suggests that group singing is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. The good feelings we get from singing in a group are a kind of evolutionary reward for coming together cooperatively. the research suggests that creating music together evolved as a tool of social living. Groups and tribes sang and danced together to build loyalty, transmit vital information and ward off enemies.

 

 

Science Supports Singing


What hasn’t been understood until recently is that singing in groups triggers the communal release of serotonin and oxytocin, the bonding hormone, and synchronizes our heartbeats. Group singing literally incentivized community over an “each cave dweller for themselves” approach.

Those who sang together were strongly bonded and survived. In her book “Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, Stacy Horn calls singing: “An infusion of the perfect tranquilizer - the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirit.”

 

 

 

 

 






















Singing Makes You Happy


For a decade, science has been hard at work trying to explain why singing has such a calming, yet energizing, effect on people. Numerous studies demonstrate that singing does release endorphins and oxytocin - which in turn, relieve anxiety and stress which are linked to feelings of trust and bonding. Singing helps people with depression and reduces feelings of loneliness, leaving people feeling relaxed, happy and connected. What’s more, the benefits of singing regularly are cumulative.

People who sing have reduced levels of cortisol, which indicates lower stress levels. UK singer, singing teacher and choir leader, Sophia Efthimiou, describes singing as a process of consciously controlling our breath and larynx to create and sustain certain pitches and we blend that with rhythm and poetry to create songs. In a group setting, each group member feels the musical vibrations moving through their body simultaneously. Our heartbeats become synchronized. Sophia explains: “We literally form one unified heartbeat.”





























Anybody Can Sing


One of the great things about singing is that you can receive the wellbeing benefits even if you aren’t any good. One study had showed that: “Group singing can produce satisfying and therapeutic sensations even when the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality.” Tania de Jong, singer and founder of Creativity Australia, has effectively harnessed this ability of group singing to lift every member of the group up, no matter their singing ability.

The organization’s project “With One Voice,” puts a diversity of people together regularly to sing. The group euphoria is harnessed allowing people’s natural creativity, triggered by the group singing session, to generate new levels of community support, connection and opportunities. Tania says “One of the great things about singing is that it connects you to the right side of your brain. This the side responsible for intuition, imagination and all of our creative functions. It connects us to a world of possibilities. In modern life, we are constantly bombarded with so much information that we process and analyze. We tend to get stuck in the left, processing side of our brain.

So, it becomes fundamentally important to nurture the attributes of human beings that set us apart from machines. The best way to do that is singing.




























Sing Anywhere, Anytime


These benefits are free and accessible to all. We all have a voice. We can all sing, even if we don’t think we can. There was a time when we all used to sing. We sang at church, around camp fires, at school. While group singing is experiencing a resurgence, not so many of us sing anymore. At some stage, someone told us to be quiet or judged our imperfect singing voice. Sophia Efthimiou suggests that singing is very personal, an expression of sound coming from within us, so we cannot help but take this criticism very personally and it sticks. Yet, people who claim they cannot sing because they are tone deaf, are more likely to be very unfamiliar with finding and using their singing voice. Tone deafness is comparatively rare and means that you would be unable to recognize a song. If you can recognize a song, you are not tone deaf, you are just unpracticed. Sophia clarifies: “when our voice makes the wrong note we can feel terrible as though it’s a reflection of our self-worth. But - if you can talk, you can sing.”


























Raise Your Voice


US opera singer Katie Kat wishes to encourage all of us to sing far more regardless of our perceived skill. “Singing increases self-awareness, self-confidence and our ability to communicate with others. It decreases stress, comforts us and helps us to forge our identity and influence our world.” When you sing, musical vibration moves through you, altering your physical and emotional state.

Singing is as old as the hills. It’s innate, ancient and within all of us. It really is one of the most uplifting therapeutic thing we can do. Katie continues: “However, society has skewed views on the value of singing. Singing has become something reserved for elite talent or highly produced stars with producers, management, concert dates - leaving the rest of us with destructive criticism of our own voices. She claims that singing is instinctual and necessary to our existence.

You don’t have to be an amazing singer to benefit from the basic biological benefits and with practice, the benefits increase.
























Singing Creates Connection


I have fond memories of hearing my grandmother singing throughout the day and of large group singing sessions with her friends. One of my favorite memories of group singing, is the old Scot’s tradition on New Year’s Eve of singing Auld Lang Syne. My grandmother and all her friends would stand in a big circle just before midnight. Everyone would hold hands, and then at the beginning of the final verse we would cross our arms across our bodies so that our left hand was holding the hand of the person on our right, and the right hand holds that of the person on the left.

When the song ended, everyone would rush to the middle, still holding hands. It was beautiful fun and as a young girl, I felt so safe, included and loved within that singing circle. The phrase “auld lang syne” roughly translates as “for old times’ sake”, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year. A tradition worth resurrecting, considering the benefits of singing in a group.




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The Abundance Factor






















As some of you may have heard, there's a new movie out called "The Abundance Factor"... which thousands are already calling "better than the secret."

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The Real Truth About Essential Oils that Nobody Talks About
























Despite the fact that thousands of people report successful use of essential oils to help treat various health ailments, mainstream medical community tries to dismiss their claims. 

Essential oils are everywhere; if you follow any blogs, you will find them in DIY, survival, natural health, and mommy blogs. So do essential oils really work, or are they just expensive fragrant quackery?

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils carry the physical properties of flowers and plants in a highly concentrated form. Through the different processes of distillation, the volatile constituents of the plant’s oil are extracted from its flowers, leaves, branches, or roots. Essential oils carry biologically active volatile compounds in a very concentrated form that exhibit therapeutic benefits in very small amounts.The most common groups of chemical components found in essential oils are terpenes, alcohols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, and phenols. Most essential oils are antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The antioxidant value in some essential oils alone is absolutely amazing,  just an ounce of Clove Oil has the antioxidant capacity of 450 lbs of carrots, 120 quarts of blueberries, or 48 gallons of beet juice.


There are three types of terpenes containes in essential oils: Phenylpropanoids (also called Hemiterpenes), Monoterpenes, and Sesquiterpenes.


Phenylpropanoids:


Create conditions unfriendly to bacteria, viruses, and fungi. They are found in Clove (90%), Cassia (80%), Basil (75%), Cinnamon (73%), Oregano (60%), Anise (50%),

Peppermint (25%). Most importantly,  phenylpropanoids clean the receptor sites on the cells. Without clean receptor sites, cells cannot communicate, and the body malfunctions, resulting in diseases.


Monoterpenes: 


They are found in most essential oils. While offering a variety of healing properties, the most important ability of the monoterpenes is that they can reprogram miswritten information in the cellular memory. With improper coding in the DNA, cells malfunction and diseases result, such as cancer.



Sesquiterpenes:


Found in Cedarwood (98%), Vetiver (97%), Spikenard (93%), Sandalwood (Aloes) 90%, Black Pepper (74%), Patchouli (71%), Myrrh (62%), and Ginger (59%), Frankincense (8%), these molecules deliver oxygen to your tissues. Viruses, bacteria, and cancer have a difficult time surviving in an oxygenated environment.  Sesquiterpenes can also erase or deprogram miswritten codes in the DNA.


Essential oils will not encourage “superbugs”


Bacteria have proven that they can mutate to form different kinds of resistant strains of “superbugs” to adapt to the toxic antibiotic drugs. Essential oils have never created a superbug.  There have been hundreds of studies clinically proving their effectiveness against pretty much all bacteria, including MRSA and other superbugs. Essential oils have been shown to have antiseptic properties against drug-resistant bacteria. According to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s spring meeting in Edinburgh, the essential oils of thyme and cinnamon were found to be particularly efficient antibacterial agents against a range of drug resistant Staphylococcus species which are extremely difficult to treat.According to Science Daily, a Georgetown University research study found that the germ-killing properties of oregano oil were found as effective as most antibiotics — including vancomycin — for treatment of antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as E. coli, Salmonella, MRSA and flesh-eating bacteria.


Essential Oils address the causes of disease at a cellular level.


Essential oils can penetrate the cellular wall and dispel viruses, whereas antibiotics can only kill bacteria outside of the cellular wall. One drop of essential oils contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies. Just one molecule can open a receptor site in our bodies and communicate with the  DNA to alter cellular function.


Essential oils can enter the body by many avenues.


There are approximately 40 million trillion molecules in one drop of essential oil (that’s approximately 40,000 molecules for each cell in the average human body). They are so small, that they enter your body through the skin and go everywhere in your body.  Essential oils have an incredible ability to enter the body through the lungs and disperse throughout the body in a way that most other medicines are unable to achieve.


Essential oils can be diffused,  applied topically, added to your food, added to your bath. Unlike conventional drugs, essential oils  can work on all these interfaces at once.

Essential oils can also be used topically to treat all sorts of conditions ranging from acne and allergies, to headaches and indigestion. Just a few drops of essential oil applied to the hands, wrists, feet, abdomen, or lower back can provide relief for a number of ailments.

Essential oils can erase misinformation in our cells.

Essential oils have the ability to clean receptor sites on the surface of cells which allows for the proper communication between cells. Essential oils have the ability to erase incorrect DNA and then to correct it.

Essential Oils can change your nervous system biochemistry.

A Japanese study found that inhaling essential oils can modulate your sympathetic nervous system activity. Certain oils were found to be stimulating, while others were found to be calming. For example, according to Dr. Mercola:

Black pepper, fennel, and grapefruit oil caused a 1.5-to 2.5-fold increase in sympathetic nervous system activity (as measured by an increase in systolic blood pressure)
Rose and patchouli oil resulted in a 40 percent decrease in sympathetic nervous system activity
Pepper oil induced a 1.7-fold increase in plasma adrenaline concentration, while rose oil caused adrenaline to drop by 30 percent
Other oils have been shown to measurably decrease stress hormones—inhaling lavender and rosemary were shown to reduce cortisol levels.25

When purchasing essential oils, keep in mind that they are not the same as synthetic fragrance oils, which in most cases are not safe to use on the skin. Pure essential oils are

always natural. Many oils also need to be diluted with a “carrier oil”  such as coconut oil which serves as a base to add a few drops of essential oils to.

Always use a carrier oil when using essential oils on babies and children since their skin is much more sensitive to the effects


Source : Viral Alternative News

teria have proven that they can mutate to form different kinds of resistant strains of “superbugs” to adapt to the toxic antibiotic drugs. Essential oils have never created a superbug.  There have been hundreds of studies clinically proving their effectiveness against pretty much all bacteria, including MRSA and other superbugs.
Essential oils have been shown to have antiseptic properties against drug-resistant bacteria. According to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s spring meeting in Edinburgh, the essential oils of thyme and cinnamon were found to be particularly efficient antibacterial agents against a range of drug resistant Staphylococcus species which are extremely difficult to treat.
According to Science Daily, a Georgetown University research study found that the germ-killing properties of oregano oil were found as effective as most antibiotics — including vancomycin — for treatment of antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as E. coli, Salmonella, MRSA and flesh-eating bacteria.


Essential Oils address the causes of disease at a cellular level.


Essential oils can penetrate the cellular wall and dispel viruses, whereas antibiotics can only kill bacteria outside of the cellular wall. One drop of essential oils contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies. Just one molecule can open a receptor site in our bodies and communicate with the  DNA to alter cellular function.


Essential oils can enter the body by many avenues.


There are approximately 40 million trillion molecules in one drop of essential oil (that’s approximately 40,000 molecules for each cell in the average human body). They are so small, that they enter your body through the skin and go everywhere in your body.  Essential oils have an incredible ability to enter the body through the lungs and disperse throughout the body in a way that most other medicines are unable to achieve.


Essential oils can be diffused,  applied topically, added to your food, added to your bath. Unlike conventional drugs, essential oils  can work on all these interfaces at once. Essential oils can also be used topically to treat all sorts of conditions ranging from acne and allergies, to headaches and indigestion. Just a few drops of essential oil applied to the hands, wrists, feet, abdomen, or lower back can provide relief for a number of ailments.

Essential oils can erase misinformation in our cells.

Essential oils have the ability to clean receptor sites on the surface of cells which allows for the proper communication between cells. Essential oils have the ability to erase incorrect DNA and then to correct it.

Essential Oils can change your nervous system biochemistry.

A Japanese study found that inhaling essential oils can modulate your sympathetic nervous system activity. Certain oils were found to be stimulating, while others were found to be calming. For example, according to Dr. Mercola:
  • Black pepper, fennel, and grapefruit oil caused a 1.5-to 2.5-fold increase in sympathetic nervous system activity (as measured by an increase in systolic blood pressure)
  • Rose and patchouli oil resulted in a 40 percent decrease in sympathetic nervous system activity
  • Pepper oil induced a 1.7-fold increase in plasma adrenaline concentration, while rose oil caused adrenaline to drop by 30 percent
  • Other oils have been shown to measurably decrease stress hormones—inhaling lavender and rosemary were shown to reduce cortisol levels.25
When purchasing essential oils, keep in mind that they are not the same as synthetic fragrance oils, which in most cases are not safe to use on the skin. Pure essential oils are always natural.
Many oils also need to be diluted with a “carrier oil”  such as coconut oil which serves as a base to add a few drops of essential oils to.

Always use a carrier oil when using essential oils on babies and children since their skin is much more sensitive to the effects. - See more at: http://www.viralalternativenews.com/2015/12/the-real-truth-about-essential-oils.html#sthash.OL3Fun8b.dpuf

How To Find Your Passion In 3 Easy Steps































There are many things that people would like to find in life.  Money, health and love are all common goals.  However, finding your passion may also be a top goal for you.  Who wouldn’t want to work at a dream job or have an inspiring career ? Some people just fall into a dream job early in life, but many others find themselves spinning their wheels in professions that feel draining or unfulfilling.  If this describes you, keep reading, because finding your passion can be done easily.

I stand behind these three steps because this is the exact recipe I used to find the work I am doing now.  The path to my current career literally spelled itself out for me after following these steps.  I wish you the same success !


1) Stop trying to identify what your passion is 

 



























Trying to “force” yourself to come up with an idea for a passionate career will likely be unsuccessful.  Instead, the right work can come to you naturally when you let go of  “overthinking” and instead just move on to the next two steps.  The universe can bring you your passion without you having to figure it all out. So, it’s ok to forget about doing a bunch of research or career compatibility tests.  It’s ok to let go of  “looking” for right career completely.  Finding your passion can be much, much easier.


2) Raise your vibration: 

The higher your vibration, the more likely you will attract a career or passion that makes you truly happy.  With the Law of Attraction, you get in life what you energy is radiating out into it.  High vibrational energy is passionate, exciting and fun energy.  So, when you are radiating high vibrational energy, you draw to yourself passions and jobs that make you feel good.

If you’d like some easy tips on how to raise your vibration, please check out this page on my website.  You can also check out this article for more information: Why Is it Important to Raise Your Vibration ? 


3) Do what you want to do, when you want to do it

 
































This is an idea explained by “Bashar,” a supposed entity channeled by a man named Darryl Anka.  Whether or not you believe in channels, this idea is spot on.

Instead of trudging through your day doing what you believe you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it, break your routine and follow what feels right. Keep asking yourself throughout the day what you want to do.

Even if the list of things for you to do today is full of tasks that feel less than exciting, you can still choose to do the day’s work in the way that feels the most appealing to you in the moment.

For example, let’s say that today you have a number of chores to do, you need to call your mom and you want to work out.  If calling your mom feels like the most appealing thing to do on the list, start with that.  When you are done, ask yourself what you feel like doing next, and so on and so forth.

Of course, when fun and exciting opportunities pop up, make sure to take them! The more fun and excitement you introduce into your life, the better.

Here is a Tedx talk about how to know your life purpose just by considering some very simple questions:
























Link to Tedx Talk Video : Click Here 

 

Following your path


If you follow this path you will start to enjoy the process of “doing” more. As you enjoy the process of “doing” more, more events and circumstances will be attracted to you that you enjoy and make you feel good.  In time, this will lead you in the direction of your passion.

You may suddenly get a flash of insight, or perhaps someone will simply offer you an awesome job.  Perhaps you will get a cool promotion or you’ll run into someone who gives you a great idea for a career move.  Your passion can come to you in an infinite number of ways, and how it is delivered is up to the universe to decide.

(As for me, the dream job came in a flash of insight.  One day, at my old job, I suddenly knew I was supposed to be running a website and teaching people about the Law of Attraction.  It was a sudden, intense and instant “knowing.”)

The rule is this: do what you want to do when you want to do it, and the Law of Attraction must bring you a life’s work that is what you want to do.  You get what you are projecting out into the universe, so all you really have to do is project the vibe of a person who does what he or she wants to do, and what you want to do will come to you.

This is actually a fairly simple Law of Attraction strategy, it just requires flexibility and conscious awareness of your feelings.  So if you are interested in finding your passion, take heart-because it can be done!  Remember, stop trying to figure out what your dream job will be, keep raising your vibration, and do what you want to do when you want to do it. This is the recipe to let go and get your energy aligned with the right life’s work for you.


Source : Spirit Science and Metaphysics

 


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Following your path
Following your path

Why Is So Important To Massage Your Feet Before You Going To Sleep !


























The best way for relaxing is massage. It`s proved that is good for proper functioning of organs and overall health. Relaxing massage and it`s so curing at the same time. Different parts or dots of the feet are representing different organ in the human body. It`s  a map of the whole body. Massage of feets, especially before going to bed is beneficial for you. You will feel the difference in our body.

Here are the positive effects of this kind of massage:

Boost blood circulation
Good for your skin
Reduce the effect of edema (during pregnancy)
Restless leg syndrome
Maintains proper function
Treat numerous diseases
Eliminate lactic acid
Facilitates digestion
Affects the muscles stretch
Improves metabolism
Stimulates the secretion of sweat,
Mobilizes fat,
Improves blood flow
Accelerates the flow of blood through the tissue.
Relieve pain and stiffness caused by too much exercising
Prevent and cure many symptoms such as headache, stress, asthma, constipation, sinusitis and migraine


NOTE: Choose a cream, lotion or oil to work with. Creams and lotions and work well for foot massages.
Oils work to soften the rough calluses on the bottom of your feet.

The treatment will be most effective if the massage lasts from 10 to 15 minutes.


Source : Health Expert Group

 

The DIY Detox Bath – Have A Home Spa Day
























Due to many recent scientific studies, we are more alert about the importance of body detoxification. Just like a car needing a routine oil change, our bodies need to be relieved of overburdening toxins. Though our bodies discharge waste products daily, not all of them are excreted. There are always remnants of unabsorbed nutrients that turn into toxins overtime.  It’s absolutely essential to eliminate built up toxins. Accumulated toxins will cause headaches, fatigue and various chronic diseases.


The DIY detox bath

Ingredients :

Handful of Epsom salts

1/2 C of Baking soda

10 drops of Essential oil

Some essential oils to use:

Lavender – Calming and relaxing
Grapefruit – Uplifting
Peppermint – Fatigue
Cedarwood – Depression
Chamomile & Rosemary – Headache

Directions :

Add ingredients while drawing your hot bath.
Relax and soak for 15-20 minutes so your body can sweat, detox and absorb all of the nutrients.
Rinse off with a cool shower .Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after your bath to aid in the detoxification process.


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17 of The Most Underrated Medicinal Plants In The World




























Medicinal plants contain a wide array of chemical compounds. They have a distinct order to their perfection. Natural selection pressures push these plants to "try out" variations on molecules to enhance the plant's odds of surviving stressful environments. So, often, one molecule is present in the greatest amount and has the most dramatic effect in a human body -- but along with it are variations of that molecule in the same plant.

Human beings and plants have co-evolved for millions of years, so it makes perfect sense that our complex bodies would be adapted to absorb needed, beneficial compounds from many varieties of complex plants and ignore the rest. However, no plant should be ignored when it comes to advancing human health.

1. Dandelion

They're edible flowering plants which widely grow in South America. Dandelions are used to make recipes and drinks. Flowers, leafs and roots of dandelion are used to make food items for medicinal purposes. The act as a cleaning tonic for blood vessels while effectively increasing the functionality of the liver. They balance blood sugar and cholesterol levels. They also prevent gallstones and improve the functioning of the pancreas.

2. California Poppy

The brilliant blooms of the poppy make this opioid plant an iconic one. The plant is an effective nervine (anxiety reliever) and is safe for use on agitated children. Can be made into a a tea for quick relief of nervousness and tension. A stronger decoction will offer pain relief. (A decoction is made by “stewing” all safe plant parts, including stems and roots if possible, in water for several hours and, ideally, soaking overnight.)

3. Marigold

Marigold is a flowering plant which grows in wide rage of soils. They are used to cook and add color to many summer dishes. This plant can also cure many skin problems and can effectively reduce skin blemishes. It's one of the best choices for instant relief from fever. It can reduce swelling to any body parts within short periods. Marigold is also one of the best herbs for headaches and tooth aches. Its anti-inflammatory properties help cure allergies, prevent tumors and also optimize the growth of new blood vessels.

4. Tansy

If you’ve decided to backpack through Europe instead of the mountains of Mexico (but why?), you’ll want to know about a few helpful medicinal plants. Tansy is an old-world aster and remedy, used for flavoring beer and stews as well as repelling insects. Rubbing the leaves on the skin provides an effective bug repellent, but tansy can also be used to treat worms. It is said to be poisonous when extracted, but a few leaves are not harmful if ingested.

5. Lady Ferns

Lady ferns are long light green plants native to the northern hemisphere and one of the oldest plants on Earth. They also heal a number of diseases in naturally. It is a recommended herb for fevers and coughs, prevention against worms and defending against asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis. They are also effective for cuts and sunburns.

6. Alfalfa

Alfalfa is fodder for livestock for a reason: it’s incredibly rich in minerals and health-promoting nutrients and compounds. With roots that grow 20 to 30 feet deep, alfalfa is considered the “father of all plants”. (It also contains a high amount of protein for a green.) Alfalfa originally grew in the Mediterranean and Middle East but has now spread to most of Europe and the Americans. It can treat morning sickness, nausea, kidney stones, kidney pain and urinary discomfort. It is a powerful diuretic and has a bit of stimulant power, helping to energize after a bout with illness. It’s a liver and bowel cleanser and long-term can help reduce cholesterol. You can purchase seeds and sprouts, but it’s fine to eat the leaves straight from the earth.

7. Tea Tree

Tea-tree is one of the most powerful plants effective against dangerous bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. It effectively prevents insects and can cure insects bites almost instantly. Tea tree oil is one of the best solutions to keep fungus at bay and also prevent against head lice. It gives quick relief from cuts and burns and also is one of the fastest ways to remove dandruff. Tea tree also effective for headaches and colds.

8. Catnip

The cannabis of the cat kingdom. Famous for making cats deliriously crazy, catnip has health properties that are great for humans, too. Catnip can relieve cold symptoms (helpful if you’re on a camping trip and don’t have access to Nyquil). It’s useful in breaking a fever as it promotes sweating. Catnip also helps stop excessive bleeding and swelling when applied rather than ingested. This mint plant (yep, another one) is also reportedly helpful in treating gas, stomach aches, and migraines. Catnip can stimulate uterine contractions, so it should not be consumed by pregnant women. It grows in the Northern Hemisphere.

9. Thyme

Thyme is widely used as an aromatic plant, as well as an edible one. It effectively prevents small insects and provides many many health benefits mainly for lung problems such as shortness in breath. It provides better prevention against foodborne bacterial infections than any medication and keeps blood pressure level. It reduces the risk of colon cancer and is also a remedy for skin problems such as dryness, redness and swelling. It acts as a relaxing herb by calming down the nervous system.

10. Sage

Sage is an incredibly useful herb, widely considered to be perhaps the most valuable herb. It is anti-flammatory, anti-oxidant, and antifungal. In fact, according to a noted resource World’s Healthiest Foods, “Its reputation as a panacea is even represented in its scientific name, Salvia officinalis, derived from the Latin word, salvere, which means ‘to be saved’.” It was used as a preservative for meat before the advent of refrigeration (eminently useful: you never know when you’ll be forced to hunt in the wild). Sage aids digestion, relieves cramps, reduces diarrhea, dries up phlegm, fights colds, reduces inflammation and swelling, acts as a salve for cuts and burns, and kills bacteria. Sage apparently even brings color back to gray hair. A definite concern when lost in the woods.

11. Brucea Javanica

Beyond limited empirical observations, not all medicinal plants have established scientific studies to support their effectiveness. However, in the case of Brucea javanica, it is one of those plants in which scientific investigations have provided enough evidence to prove that it has an impressive efficacy for the treatment of cervical, bladder and pancreatic cancers. Its selective toxicity has also been found to kill 70% of breast cancer cells. Brucea javanica (Brucea javanica (L.) Merr) is one of those plants that needs far more recognition in this catergory for its incredible ability to selectively kill cancer cells.

12. Navajo Tea

Also called greenthread, Plains Tea or Coyote Plant, this plant has been used for centuries by Native Americans to quickly relieve that most brutal and irritating of infections: the UTI (urinary tract infection). Best when made into a tea or decoction.

13. Red Clover

Native to Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia, red clover is now ubiquitous worldwide. The plant’s reddish pink blossoms can be used for coughs and colds, but they are an excellent detoxifier and blood cleanser as well.

14. Sweet Marjoram

Marjoram and oregano are often used interchangeably, but the aromatic sweet marjoram is slightly different. The Greeks called it the “Joy of the Mountain” and it was revered throughout the Mediterranean for its fragrance, flavor and medicinal value. The famous French herbs de provence and Middle Eastern za’atar both use sweet marjoram. Marjoram has many uses (it’s a famous digestive aid) but it is effective as an antifungal, antibacterial and disinfectant treatment in a pinch.

15. Feverfew

Feverfew is a plant that has well-known and documented health properties and medicinal benefits, yet it's barely ever mentioned in health circles. This anti-inflammatory can treat rheumatism, arthritis and, most famously, migraine headaches and tension headaches. It’s also good for alleviating tension and general anxiety (it is a natural serotonin inhibitor). It also helps to reduce swelling and bruising. Though feverfew is most effective when taken daily, it can be a helpful pain reliever when no Advil is on hand.

16. Sweet Violet

Native to Europe and Asia, sweet violet is cultivated around the world and is a pleasant, delicate purple color. When brewed into a syrup the plant is effective as a treatment for colds, flu and coughs or sore throat. However, when made as a tea, it is wonderfully effective for relieving headaches and muscle and body pain.

17. Winter Savory

Winter savory is your savior against insect bites and stings. One of the most effective natural plant treatments for bug bites is originally from Europe and the Mediterranean but often shows up elsewhere thanks to global trade. In addition to being an antiseptic, it is delicious -- used for flavoring meats and stews -- and all parts are edible.

Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also blogger and and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.


Source : Prevent Disease