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Menopause Supplements

St. John’s Wort: It can help to boost low mood and treat mild depression. It is particularly good at restoring lost interest in sex.

Black Cohosh: This herb can help to overcome some of the menopause symptoms that are due to a lowering of estrogen levels.

Blackcurrant Leaves: Blackcurrant leaves are an effective treatment for hot sweats.

Horsetail: Horsetail is a useful herbal remedy if you are prone to night sweats.

Dandelion: The humble dandelion is a powerful diuretic and can be used to help reduce fluid retention.

Evening Primrose Oil: It can be useful in the treatment of breast pain, menopause symptoms, dry skin and lackluster hair.

Source: Vyas, B. 1999. Simply Radiant. London, U.K.: Thorsons.

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Clear Complexion

“First, grab a cleanser with salicylic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells trapped in pores. Follow with a lotion with bacteria-zapping benzoyl peroxide and a high SPF to ward off drying UV rays…At night, go for a one-two punch with a product that has benzoyl peroxide and retinol (a vitamin A derivative) to unclog pores and up cell turnover, which will help fade dark spots. Finally, try a moisturizer containing soy, another hardworking brightener.” (p.100)

Source: 30 Days to Amazing Skin, January 2014, InStyle Magazine, p. 99-104.

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Forgive Yourself

“Finally, we offer forgiveness to ourselves. If we can truly give love to ourselves we will be able to then receive love from another. Can we acknowledge that we have faults, but that we are not just our faults? That we don’t always do things perfectly, but we do the best we can? Breathing in deeply, repeat, There are many ways that I have harmed myself through my thoughts, words and actions. There are countless ways that I have hurt and injured myself. I have betrayed, caused sadness and abandoned myself, consciously and unconsciously, due to my own anger, hurt and confusion. I acknowledge these now. I offer forgiveness to myself. May I be forgiven...Breathe in love and forgiveness into your heart and feel the healing power of giving this to yourself.” (p. 272)

Zhao, X. 2006. Ancient Healing for Modern Women. New York, N.Y.: Walker & Company.

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Overweight Dog? Treat Lightly

“People tend to blame canine weight gain on lack of exercise, but overfeeding is usually the biggest culprit. Treats are silent saboteurs of good health, and account for a tremendous amount of calories, salt, and fat. Veterinarian Ernie Ward recommends nutrient-rich alternatives like pieces of veggies (broccoli, green beans, baby carrots) or lean cooked meat, which taste better than processed treats. Single-ingredient store-bought treats like salmon flakes or freeze-dried fruits and meats are also good options. But treat within reason. If you notice weight gain, scale back.”

Misagal, T. (2013). A Hefty Matter. Martha Stewart Living, 237, 162.

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Remedy for Sun-Damaged Hands

Lemon Sugar Licorice Sun Spot Scrub

1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons of sugar

2 drops of licorice root extract

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Mix all of the ingredients. Gently scrub the back of your hands for approximately 10 minutes and rinse. Repeat twice a week.

Additional Tips: For dry, red skin use a daily hand cream that has a SPF 30. For loose or wrinkled skin, use a night cream on your hands that contains glycerin.

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