Rosehip oil — beauty in a bottle

Trilogy Rosehip oil is a beautiful light facial oil that is used to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles.

And it will help improve skin tone and brightness too. Maybe it’s psychological, but I feel good using it, I feel like I am rubbing out the wrinkles when I am massaging it in.

Wrinkles: Who wants them? I know it’s a natural part of aging that we have to accept; but if there is anything that I can do to reduce their appearance that doesn’t involve surgery I am willing to try.

I know we have to work from the inside out as well, but for today let’s focus on the outside. Otherwise I would have to tell you to reduce sugar, alcohol, and coffee, and I don’t want to do that, not today.

What makes this oil so special? It’s 100% certified organic, and is clinically proven. The oil is extracted from the seeds of organic, wildly grown rosehips in Chile; it contains no preservatives, artificial colour, or fragrance, can be used on all skin types, and can be used during pregnancy. You only need 2-3 drops to massage gently into your skin, you can rub the remainder into your hands and nails. Kate Middleton uses it to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Her skin looks great.

Speaking of hands, Gwendoline our beauty therapist at Natural Health Store uses Trilogy products in all her facials, and her clients loves them. One of her favourite Trilogy products is the hand cream. She said that her hands are always in and out of water and that she has tried lots of hand creams, nothing has ever worked but this one really hydrates her hands. She was very impressed with it.

If you see Trilogy products in your local store they are well worth checking out. They use the certified organic rosehip oil throughout their range of products which includes a full skincare range. You can give me a call at the shop if you have any questions about the range.

Best wishes,
Clair

For more information about me see www.clairsclinic.ie or if you’re in Wexford Town, Ireland, call in to see me at The Natural Health Store, 24 North Main Street.

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Apple cider vinegar — an old fashioned cure

Apple Cider Vinegar was one of the first remedies that I learned about almost twenty years ago. Its history goes right back to 400BC, that’s quite a while! It’s still very popular today, which is great to see.

There are books written about the many health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar with thousands of testimonials included. Over the years many customers have told me how their health has improved through using it.

People get great relief from aches and pains; this is definitely the most commonly reported feedback. Your digestive system will benefit from taking it; lots of people find it relieves heartburn, bloating, and indigestion.

Many find that it helps with weight management. It can help support heart health and lower blood pressure. There are hundreds of testimonials where people say that they feel great, are more flexible, and in general they feel healthier.

It helps to reduce acidity in the body, returning the body to a more Alkaline state. This is important for health, as acidity is known to aggravate many health conditions including arthritis, gout, and skin conditions.

You can use it externally too, it is used on the hair to help prevent itchy scalp, dandruff and mixed in water for a final rinse to leave a lovely shine on your hair.

You need to get a good quality brand, if it’s highly processed it won’t do you any good. Braggs is probably the best known brand, they have been in business since 1912, so they must be doing something right. Most health stores will stock it. This is raw, organic, unprocessed, and cloudy vinegar that contains the protein enzyme molecules known as the “Mother”.

This is a simple old fashioned remedy that has stood the test of time. Maybe you have a bottle in your cupboard, time to take it out and put it to good use.

Best wishes,
Clair

For more information about me see www.clairsclinic.ie or if you’re in Wexford Town, Ireland, call in to see me at The Natural Health Store, 24 North Main Street.

Natural solutions for fungal infections

Fungal infection — sounds horrible doesn’t it? Many people get this type of infection.  A fungal infection comes in many forms.  Athlete’s foot, ring worm, fungal nail infections, and jock itch are all fungal conditions.

Jock itch can affect the groin, genitals or buttocks. They are all caused by various types of fungus which can thrive in warm, moist environments. Fungal skin infections are sometimes referred to as a yeast infection; this may be caused by yeast-like fungi called Candida.

These conditions can be treated, but the process can be slow — you will need patience. The longer you have waited to deal with it the longer it will take to clear. These conditions can be embarrassing and this can delay seeking help. Standard treatment is to use anti-fungal creams or medication. The medication can be tough on your liver, especially if you have to take it for several months.

Natural Remedies to treat these infections will include anti-fungal remedies like Garlic, Olive leaf, Oregano, Spilanthes or Citricidal — you may need a combination of them. Talk to the staff at your local health store and ask what their strongest anti-fungal remedy is. Remedies to support your immune and gut health may also be recommended.

External treatments include using Tea oil in a basin of water to soak your feet, pat dry and use a light spray of Tea Tree oil onto your feet, socks and shoes. Use Tea Tree cream frequently on ring worm, or skin infections. For jock itch use Tea Tree oil spray or powder, these won’t be as greasy the cream, and also wear lose clothing.

Your body is playing host to a fungus and you have to do all you can to make its environment an unpleasant one to live. Look at your diet, sugar and yeast will feed a fungus so we don’t want that. Reduce or avoid high sugar and high yeast content foods. Starve the fungus and kill it off using the anti-fungal remedies.

So don’t let your fungal infection rule your life. Take control and talk to someone today.

Best wishes,
Clair

For more information about me see www.clairsclinic.ie or if you’re in Wexford Town, Ireland, call in to see me at The Natural Health Store, 24 North Main Street.

Eyebright the natural remedy to brighten your eyes

Euphrasia, or Eyebright as it’s commonly known, has been used for centuries as a tonic, and to treat mild infections of the eyes. Thankfully, it’s still available to us.

You can get it in herbal or homeopathic remedies. Eyebright is very good especially for tired, strained eyes from looking at mobile phones, electronic devices, computers, television, and reading. Your eyes may feel heavy, strained, or tired; it will help relieve these symptoms.

You don’t need to take it all the time, you can take it as a tonic for your eyes now and again, or simply take it on the days that you feel you need it. Eyebright can also help the symptoms associated with Hay Fever. These symptoms can include itchy eyes, runny eyes, tired and heavy eyes. It’s often included in Hay Fever combination remedies.

Eyebright can also help the symptoms associated with conjunctivitis, which is an inflammation or infection of the outer membrane of the eyeball and the inner eyelid. The symptoms include redness, itchiness, or a gritty feeling in one or both eyes. There is most often a green discharge that forms a crust on your eyelids making it difficult to open your eyes in the morning.

Conjunctivitis is contagious; you need to have good hygiene to prevent the spread of infection to other members of the family. This condition is often referred to as pink eye which is different to the condition the gentleman had in last week’s article, Red Eye. His eyes were red, and bloodshot with no crusty infection on the eye lids. He used a combination of Eyebright combined with Bilberry which is another herb used for eye health.

If you suffer from dry eyes you will benefit from taking Omega 3 from flax seeds on a daily basis or a good supplement. Vitamin A is good for the mucous membranes of the eyes. Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A.

My parents always told me to eat my carrots because they were good for my eyes, but I obviously didn’t eat enough! Did you?

Best wishes,
Clair

For more information about me see www.clairsclinic.ie or if you’re in Wexford Town, Ireland, call in to see me at The Natural Health Store, 24 North Main Street.

Red eye

A gentleman asked if I would write about Red Eye. This is his experience, and in his own words:

“It started with me a few years ago. I got a blood shot eye. I thought this was because I was working with wood every day, and possibly I got some dust in my eye. When I began to get it on a regular basis, I became concerned. I decided to get it checked out by an optician. I got no satisfaction from this.

I got it checked out by my doctor. He told me that it was a weakness in a small vein in my eye. He told me that it was no harm, and that I could if I wanted to have a procedure done to correct this. He said this would be only for cosmetic reasons.
Because of this I decided not to do anything about it, with the result that it got worse over time. It started to affect my other eye also.

I looked it up on the internet. It gave me information on the condition and the name for it, which was the first time I realised that there was a name for it and this was ‘Red Eye’. Someone told me that I should try a capsule called Bilberry and Eyebright.

The result from taking these capsules was great. After a short time I found that I was not having the problem as frequent as I was.

The other day I noticed that I was getting a bit of a blood shot eye. I had not had this for two years. I bought some more capsules and it cleared up within two days.”

If you have health problems, it’s always best to speak to a specialist in order to rule out anything sinister. However there are times when there are no answers, and we are just told to live with it.

So it is nice to share this story, you may have similar symptoms, if so you could take this man’s advice and try Bilberry and Eyebright. They are both traditional remedies used for eye health. Check with your doctor if you’re on medication.

Best wishes,
Clair

For more information about me see www.clairsclinic.ie or if you’re in Wexford Town, Ireland, call in to see me at The Natural Health Store, 24 North Main Street.

What’s a cold sore?

Cold sores are extremely common and are easily spread by direct contact with an infected person.

A cold sore is caused by a virus, Herpes Simplex. It occurs on the lips sometimes without warning or you may feel a tingling before it appears. The area will become red and can swell, a blister will appear. A scab will appear later.

It can be unsightly and you can feel very self-conscious about them. Some people frequently get cold sores.

The cold sore virus can lie dormant waiting for a trigger to reactivate it. Over exposure to UV light can trigger the virus, which is unfortunate because the last thing we want when we are on holiday is a cold sore. Emotional or physical stress is a trigger, as are fever, menstruation, alcohol, and nicotine, as well as foods rich in Arginine. These include chocolate and nuts.

Lysine is an amino acid that can discourage the spread of the virus. This is available in supplement form and you can take it to both treat and prevent them. Take it alongside B complex that has a good level of B6.

Bio-Propolis, cold sore barrier ointment, is really good and is worth a try, it’s one of those remedies that customers tell each other about because it works. It’s a barrier ointment containing propolis which is found inside the bee hive. It has anti-viral and anaesthetic properties, and has a skin healing effect. You need to apply it five times a day, which will help it to heal more quickly, reduce the risk of secondary infection, and the intensity of pain, as well as tackling the virus that causes the cold sore. It comes in a nice tidy tube that will fit in your pocket.

So the next time you get a tingle on your lips, don’t waste time dreading the awful cold sore, act quickly use your Bio-Propolis and start taking Lysine. You’ll be glad you did.

Best wishes,
Clair

For more information about me see www.clairsclinic.ie or if you’re in Wexford Town, Ireland, call in to see me at The Natural Health Store, 24 North Main Street.

I hope I didn’t put you off your meat

I wrote an article a while ago saying that people who eat meat have to contend with meat that is loaded with antibiotics and all sorts of medication, which we are in turn consuming.

Now, I need to amend my comments on the matter as I had not been correct in what I had said. Shortly after the article was printed I received a phone call from a beef farmer who gently put me in my place.

The lady told me that if an animal has had antibiotics they have to wait for a withdrawal period before slaughter.

And in no way will the animal be slaughtered if there is any residue of antibiotics left. Any meat that is Board Bia approved will say Origin Ireland and have the Tricolour logo, as well as the Q symbol. This guarantees that strict protocols are followed. So I am sorry if I put anyone off their meat.

I am sure that many of you tutted to yourself when you read this knowing that I was wrong in what I said, and put very little pass on the matter. But the problem is that when we read things like this, we tend to believe that what we have read is true, we use the information to support our own theories and opinions, reinforcing what we have chosen to think or believe.

This is great when the source of information are accurate and true, it is however, very unfair when someone’s lively hood is affected by the subject matter in question. So if we are to base our beliefs on what we read, then we need to know that the source is accurate, and honest.

Thank you to all who keep me on my toes, and who read this column. Your comments and suggestions are welcome even if I can’t always respond here they are appreciated.

Best wishes,
Clair

For more information about me see www.clairsclinic.ie or if you’re in Wexford Town, Ireland, call in to see me at The Natural Health Store, 24 North Main Street.