Shea butter is a solid fatty oil that is derived from the nuts of the Karite trees (also known as Mangifolia), predominantly found in Africa (grows wild in the equatorial belt of central Africa between Gambia and Sudan where oil palms do not grow because of insufficient precipitation). The Karite tree bears the fruits and the nuts inside the fruits contain shea butter. The nuts are then crushed, boiled, and manipulated in order to extract a light-colored fat, which is commonly referred to as shea butter.
Pure shea butter resembles lumps of hard caramel ice cream. Being edible, shea butter is often used in food preparations. It has gained huge popularity in the western world due to its widespread use in several beauty products such as lotions, cosmetics, shampoos, conditioners and many more.
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Weight loss is no easy job, low- fat diets promising fast results won’t work. These diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and tend to fail in the long run.
The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses.
Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age.
Can Calculating your Body Mass Index determine if you are at a healthy weight, underweight, overweight, or obese? Enter the required information into one of the BMI calculators to find out your current BMI. There are separate BMI calculators for adults and for children and teens. Children and teens BMI is plotted on growth charts for sex and age because they are constantly growing. Children and Teen BMI Charts
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History of Castor Oil
We all know about castor oil but how many of us really know the history of castor oil. Castor oil also known as the wonder oil is one of the most ancient oils famous for its powerful therapeutic, cosmetic and medicinal properties. The history of castor oil goes back around to the 4000BC where ancient Egyptians used castor oil for their lamps.
In earlier centuries because of its effectiveness the castor plant was also called “Palma Christe” which translates into “Hand of Christ” because it is said that the shapes of the leaves resemble the Hand of Christ.
Castor oil, although native to the Ethiopian regions of East Africa and India, the castor plant known as the “Ricinus Communis” is now widely grown in tropical and warm temperate regions throughout the world. The name “Ricinus” is a Latin word for insect which stems from the form and markings of the seed.
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Lignum vitae (Guaiacum officinale) medicinal herb is commonly known as Guayacan, Palo Santo, Wood of life, Guaiac, Lignum vine, Guaiacum officinale as well as Holy tree and is the source of guiacum resin. It is native to Central America as well as Jamaica. In Central America it is also referred to as guaiac meaning, “woods of life.”
The main parts used as herbal medicine are the leaves, flowers and the inner bark. It proudly stands as the national flower of Jamaica making it one of the most important tree in the Island.
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Although asthma have been thought not to be cured, hence why it is categorized as a chronic illness, Jamaicans has always been experimenting with herbs to bring forth natural and home-made remedies for ailments, simply because that’s what we grew up seeing our African ancestors do. Therefore, it came as no surprise while visiting my grandmother in rural Jamaica; when I learnt of a herbal physician called Rasta Slim , who had cured many Asthmatic patient .
Asthma cures target the underlying cause of the Asthmatic condition, the excess mucus that cause the bronchiole to be inflamed. With traditional herbal remedies the excess mucus that is rooted to the bronchial tube is purged and expelled from the body using herbs. Once the tough mucus is removed patient can go on to live active, normal and fulfilling lives, without ever having to depend on a inhaler again.
I tried the herbal cure and was relieved of my childhood bronchial asthma. Patients will now be able to sleep at nights without Asthmatic symptoms.
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Did you know Asthma is a chronic illness just like diabetes and cancer. Roughly 334 million people worldwide are suffering from asthma. Many persons have family members or friends who are suffering severely from Asthma, some individuals may have died as a result of a serious Asthma Attack.
Are you experiencing frequent wheezing and tightening of the chest? Then you may need to see a physician and to check if you are Asthmatic.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a disease of the bronchial tubes in the lungs (the “airways”). People with asthma typically experience “wheezing”, a high-pitched whistling sound heard during breathing, especially when breathing out. However, wheezing does not always occur, and asthma can also involve breathlessness, chest tightness or coughing. The underlying process includes chronic inflammation of the airways, which causes tightening of the muscles wrapped around the bronchial tubes and extra mucus to be present in the airways. An obstruction of the flow of air in and out of the airways occurs as the airways to overreact to stimuli and the air gets trapped within the Alveoli.
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A healthy life includes both physical and mental wellness. In order to attain this balance in the human body three essential components are necessary:
Water is everywhere around us. It is in the plants, in water bodies such as oceans, rivers and lakes, it is received through rainfall and dew, it is stored underground and undeniably it makes up about seventy percent of the body. The body needs a daily intake of fresh, purified/ clean water. Rain or spring water is preferred over chlorinated water. Every day we take food and drink into the body. This food burns in our bodies and eventually leaves a certain amount of ash, or waste , that must be cleaned out of the body. The body is constantly in motion, and when anything moves, this must result in a wearing-out process that gives arise to waste materials. This worn-out material must be cast out; for if not cleaned out, the waste materials acts as poisons to injure the body and cause illness.
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