Handwriting – The Lost Art Form and What Effect It May Have On Our Health

In the day and age where conversations and communications have switched mainly from paper to on screen-based technology and our children in some schools are no longer even being taught the art of writing in cursive script.

Text-based conversations and a fast-paced world are leading to more and more shortened and abbreviated terms to the point where your average adult cannot even understand readily what kids are talking about. And worse, not only are they typing these acronyms they are starting to speak in chat lingo. We are sliding backwards in our grasp of the English language and also in face-to-face communication ability. Handwriting quality, even for those of us who learned painstakingly how to write in cursive, is going massively downhill as most of our communication is now typed.

People who were born after 1980 seem to have a distinct slightly sloppy style that looks a bit childish; it’s a mix of cursive and penmanship. It was in the early 80’s when the school system became more lax – just as the personal computer began to emerge in the classroom.

Even so far back as the 1920’s educators had theorized that kids learned to read by looking at books which were printed, not written and they should learn to write the same way. Over the decades handwriting classes and the attention given to such have decreased and in some cases disappeared altogether.

In 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act was enacted. While they meant well, it has backfired badly passing kids through who aren’t ready and are uneducated just because they could fill in the circles and pass the tests. If something isn’t on a test, it is now considered a luxury  – handwriting, music, art all of these fall into this category despite the fact that they are amazingly helpful in the developmental growth of our youth.

What does this mean for our future and how does this relate to health? What if “the grid” went down, we had no more Internet, and we all had to write by hand? Could we? How many of us have handwriting that can be understood by most? That number is fading and will continue to fade unless something is done.

Healthwise physically writing is an important tool. It allows us to express our feelings, emotions and deepest thoughts. Writing is magical. Typing is not. It does not have the same effect vibrationally.

Quick physics lesson – We have been taught in school in science classes that everything is matter. And that matter is made up of the smallest molecules – atoms. Well, it has been found in recent years that there is indeed something even smaller than the atom. Vibrational Energy. Everything we see or touch is made of vibrating energy particles. And all things and creatures and thoughts vibrate at a slightly different level. It’s what makes a desk a desk and a pen a pen, though they are made of the same thing, they vibrate at a different frequency and because of this are seen as different items. Along with this same theory, the act of writing itself, the written word on paper – each word has an associated vibration. Each stroke means something. Because of this writing is special and certainly, we all know the written word can be very powerful. Look at all of the great speeches and books through the centuries. We have fought to preserve them for future generations.

On a more personal level, Writing Therapy has been around since the 1970’s. Most people are not aware of the therapeutic results writing or “journaling” can have. Writing Therapy has been proven to relieve: abuse, disease, asthma, depression, arthritis, disorders and even trauma. It has also been proven to bring a positive change with heart rate, the immune system function, blood pressure, stress relief, infection and disease. It allows the author to gain control of their feelings and their life.

So where are we headed in a world without cursive writing? It stands to reason that with our lack of use and practice of the written form, that writing altogether may go the way of the Dodo bird with typing and texting taking over as the only forms of utilized communication.

What can you do? We all need to use computers for work. They make our lives faster and easier. But try handwriting occasionally whether it’s for something as simple as a to-do list or writing someone a letter. The more you write, the better your writing looks stylistically. If you have kids, take the time to teach them cursive and encourage them to practice regardless of what their school has in the curriculum.

It has long been held standard that “Eloquence of speech equals eloquence of mind”.

Those who can express themselves easily and with style are held in society as more intelligent regardless of actual intellect. So give yourself and your children a hand up. Writing needs to make a come back for an array of reasons. And it can only happen one person and one family at a time.

The Benefits of Grass Fed Products

When you choose to eat grass-fed animal products, you are making a lifestyle choice that is better for your mind and body, and for the animal population. Grass-feeding and pasture-raising allow us to feel closer to the foods we eat and their natural environment.

We generally choose to consume pasture-raised animal products, such as beef and dairy, for two main reasons. The first is ethical, as grass feeding increases the quality of life of the animals. The second is health-related, as consuming healthier animals is better for our bodies.

Grass feeding refers to allowing cattle and herd animals to eat from natural grasses in pastures, as opposed to eating processed feed and grains in feedlotsIt should be especially noted that grass-fed products can provide nutritional benefits for the people who consume them. For example, some grass-fed animal products contain fatty acids and antioxidants which are particularly beneficial for heart health.

grass fed

Grain fed cows just don’t look as happy as their grass-fed counterparts.

Grass feeding is not a new trend. It marks a reversion to the original management of animal diets. All cattle were pasture-raised before the increasing demand of the meat and dairy industries incentivized industrialized production and the use of feedlots.

However, for all the benefits of grass feeding, there are a few issues worth mentioning in regards to the production of grass-fed products.

– The first is that reputable 100 percent grass-fed meat and dairy products can be very hard to source through national chains. People will most likely need to purchase them from local farms, butchers, or markets that carry local agricultural products.

– The second is that grass-fed animals prove to be no better for the environment than the rest of the meat industry, raising questions about sustainability.

What Does It Mean to Be Grass Fed?
to learn more please continue this article 

Originally posted: http://groomandstyle.com/benefits-grass-fed-products/

Guest Author: Rebecca Moses

Can listening to music have an effect on your health?

Listening to music is one of the few activates that involves using both hemispheres of the brain. It is intrinsic to all cultures and can have surprising benefits not only for learning a language, improving memory and focusing attention but also for physical coordination and development.

We all know the type of music you choose to listen to can have an immediate effect on your mood, so wouldn’t it follow that your health would ultimately be affected too?

We choose different types of music depending on our environment and activity – if you are driving long distance on a road trip you might select something upbeat and fast-paced to energize you, while at the office most find its better to go with something more mellow and soft.

Research has shown that music stimulates brain wave activity synching itself to the beat thereby controlling the subjects heart rate as well as breathing. Its no wonder music can affect our moods so strongly with this amazing mind-body connection!

Music therapy has been shown to help ward off depression and have a calming effect, easing muscle tension as well as promoting movement. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and bring about a positive state of mind promoting relaxation and stress management. According to Roger W. Wicke, Ph.D., Mozart’s music reduced epileptic seizures by 65% and was even effective for those who were comatose.

This brings about the question, is there one particular genre of music that is actually healthier for you than another? While we agree that beauty is subjective in and in this case in the ear of the beholder, it has been shown in studies that Classical Music, particularly Baroque Classical playing in the background while studying, listening to audios boosts the ability to absorb information and retain it accurately. Children with ADD and ADHD, when exposed to classical music on a regular ongoing basis are found to become less restless and less agitated lasting beyond the periods of listening. Plants also seem to favor classical tunes, flourishing and growing, yet when exposed to heavy metal or rock tend to wilt faster, need more water, and even sometimes die off. Not to say you should change your taste in music to please your houseplants.

To derive the greatest benefit, don’t just listen passively. Playing, writing or singing will give you the biggest boost. In one study a group of pre-school aged children were given music lessons while the second group was given computer lessons. The first group tested over all with a 2 to 3% IQ boost when compared again with the others and after two years of music lessons, pre-school children scored better on spatial reasoning tests than the other group of children that took computer lessons instead. So make some music! Sing out loud. The human voice, even if a little off-key, has even been shown to help developmentally with premature babies slowing their heart rates enabling them to take in more oxygen. The benefits do not end with the young. Alzheimer’s patients and even stroke victims when exposed to music produced more HGH (Human Growth Hormone) which helps with everything from pain, aging, muscle mass and energy.

Before you start thinking music is the end all be all cure for everything we do want to let you know that there are some negative effects as well.  When exposed to music that we take exception to blood pressure increases and a feeling of stress pervades. This could explain that all to familiar exclamation that every teenager hears from their parents at one time or another of “Turn that down!”

Music has even been used by the military in attempts to mentally wear down the enemy.

Music is vibration. Humans at the most base level are made of atoms containing energy particles which are vibrating so its no wonder we feel music to our very core and it affects us so strongly. The depth and range to which it can be used to support our health has not yet fully been understood, but the link is clear. So if you are feeling down, or under the weather, give it a try – put on some upbeat or relaxing music that you enjoy – best of all, unlike medication music has no side effects!

Originally posted: http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/can-listening-music-effect-health/

Testosterone Booster RX by Premier Pharmaceutical

Testosterone Booster RX by Premier Pharmaceutical

Are you looking for that extra edge? Want to be able to push your workouts just a little bit further, to test yourself and see what your body is really capable of? You are going to need ample testosterone supplies to be able to do it.

What is Testosterone and why do I need it?

Testosterone is the central hormone responsible for increasing and maintaining muscle mass as well as sex drive. In our youth, it is abundantly naturally produced in the male body. As we age, that production slows. After the age of 30, it is common place for most men to begin to notice the start of a decline, which over time, can become more and more noticeable. Muscle strength begins to wane, your energy levels may falter in the gym, hair loss can begin, increased percentages of unwanted body fat begins to store, you may have mood changes and your sex drive just isn’t what it used to be. [3]

As frustrating as this can be, there is hope. Testosterone can be boosted naturally when the booster is formulated properly with just the right blend of vitamins, herbs, and botanicals. It’s all in the science. Premier Pharmaceutical’s Testosterone Booster RX is the product you’ve been looking for.

The Testosterone Booster RX Experience – The Benefits

  • Supports muscle gain and recovery
  • Helps increase strength and endurance
  • Supports sexual health
  • Supports Improved mood
  • Supports the body’s ability to decrease body fat stores

Our formulation is unlike any other:

Sublingual Delivery System – Thanks to this Maximum Absorption Technology (MAT) the sublingual delivery system allows the body to absorb an astronomically unheard of 94.9% of each dose which goes straight into the bloodstream. Other delivery systems such as capsules and powders that are swallowed becoming diluted in potency having to pass through the digestive system where the body may only benefit from a 10% absorption.

Vitamin B6 & Zinc Monomethionine & Aspartate (ZMA) – works together to enhance hormonal profiles, achieve better REM sleep and increase lean body mass as well as strength.

Magnesium – supplementation has shown time and time again to increase testosterone in men of all ages. [2]

Boron – is a rare earth mineral. In supplementation, it has been shown to significantly boost testosterone levels by up to 28% in some studies. [1]

D-Aspartic Acid – D-AA is a naturally occurring amino acid found in the testicular leydig cells. It has been well documented that supplementation helps these cells convert cholesterol to testosterone.

Mucuna Extract 15% L-Dopa supports improved mood and motivation as well as increased libido.

DIM (Diindoylmethane) supports testosterone by helping to maintain the level of free or active testosterone.

13C (Indole 3 Carbinol) supports testosterone by helping to maintain the level of free or active testosterone and has the added benefit of supporting lower levels of prostate cancer risk.

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) DHEA is thought to help to boost immunity, help with gains in muscle strength as well as improve brain activity. DHEA is one of the more effective supplements at boosting testosterone levels.

When combined with diet and exercise Testosterone Booster RX by Premier Pharmaceutical

will get you where you want to be – back to the new improved version of your old self again.

There is no reason to live with low testosterone levels (sometimes referred to as Low – T). Click above to order now and get started today.

Directions: As a dietary supplement, take up to four (4) droppers (4ml) once daily before workout place the liquid under your tongue and allow it to sit for 45 seconds before swallowing. PLEASE DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21129941 [1]

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20352370 [2]

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2190742/ [3]

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

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The Benefits of Integrative Wellness

Our physical health does not exist in a bubble. The mind, body, spirit connection is the trifecta of overall wellbeing and optimal health.

In modern day life we are so scheduled and so rushed all of the time with appointments, social engagements, work, school, family, friends, we barely have time to sleep let alone consider self-care as anything more than a luxury.

This is problematic thinking.

Somehow taking the time to take care of ourselves has been labeled as selfish. The truth of the matter is that if you do not take care of yourself and put yourself first, at least once in a while, you will eventually get worn down. At that point, you are no good to not only yourself but to anyone else either. In that worn out mode, you can become depressed, too exhausted to cope with daily life, or even physically ill. In any of these scenarios, it becomes even more difficult to continue the level of support you give to others.

Taking the time to care for yourself on a deep spiritual, emotional, and physical is necessary for your continued health, quality of life and longevity. It has been proven time and time again through neuroscientific studies that the brain is ever changing and can rewire itself back to optimal function when given the chance to relax, unwind, be at peace and actually heal.

In light of this, Monarch Wellness has chosen to offer several neuro-friendly integrative services to help you develop an ongoing state of tranquil mindfulness.

Some of our modalities which incorporate the whole brain and neurological system include:

  • Sand Tray Therapy (the right creative brain is engaged during the building phase, and the left brain is integrated through storytelling as the builder translates the tray into verbal language to make sense of it)
  • Play Therapy (integrates both the creative (right) and thinking (left) parts of the brain)
  • Restorative Sound (the vibrations move through and around the body in a circular motion, creating a dance of right and left brain integration, and balancing out the complete nervous system)
  • Yoga and Laughter Yoga (by definition, yoga means union in that it unites mind-body-soul, person-larger purpose, and unlimited other interpretations of union through the integration of movement and inner reflection)

 

While it may feel selfish at first to take the time out of your busy week to attend self-growth related classes, you will soon come to realize that by doing so what you are offering those around you is incredibly valuable – a new more energized refreshed happier version of you.

To learn more please visit www.monarchwellness.net. You are also invited to attend our upcoming Open House. https://www.facebook.com/events/270025216773156/

Saturday, April 29th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Monarch Wellness 843 Myrtle Terrace Naples, FL 34103.

CLASS SAMPLINGS

3:30-3:50 pm SALIMA-Children’s Yoga

4-4:20 pm DEVI-Gentle Yoga

4:30-4:50pm PEGGY-Integrative Relaxation

5-5:30 pm WILLIAM-Restorative Sound (Crystal & Tibetan Bowls)

RSVP here: http://monarchwellness.net/open-hours-anniversary-rsvp/

or Call 239-231-3208!

Originally Posted: http://monarchwellness.net/2017/04/the-benefits-of-integrative-wellness-3/

 

Do you know whats in your milk?

“Drink your milk” was a phrase often heard growing up. Milk was touted as the best source for calcium and vitamin D. It was considered a very healthy drink and offered in many households at every meal.

With the commercialization of dairy farming, we have strayed pretty far from wholesome and natural when it comes to how dairy cows are raised and fed. This has a direct impact on the milk they produce and in turn on the humans who drink it.

Dairy cows raised in confinement are fed grains that are treated with chemicals. Those chemicals go through the cows’ system and are still viable in the milk itself. 

Cows are often fed antibiotics as well as growth hormones such as rBGH which is genetically engineered to increase the milk production.

At first, this may sound ok… Antibiotics keep away infections and increased milk production helps keep dairy farmers in business, right?

While the answer is yes to both of those, there are side effects. Hormone treated milk differs from natural milk in that it contains boosted levels of the IGF-1 hormone. This has been linked to cancerous tumors. IGF-1 has been cited as a major cause of colon, prostate, and breast cancer in humans. Additionally, milk produced artificially in the cow’s “negative energy phase” tends to have increased levels of pus, making the milk turn sour far faster for a shorter shelf life.

When it comes to rBGH, it reduces the casein protein in milk due to an increased thyroid hormone enzyme. 

Organic is a better choice but still, has been pasteurized which compromises the nutritional content. The process destroys part of the Vitamin C in milk and encourages the growth of potentially harmful bacteria. Pasteurization also makes the majority of the calcium insoluble and iodine contained reduced. 

The best option if you want to drink milk is grass-fed RAW Milk. It is not easy to find these days. Check with your local health food store for possible local farming sources. Food and Thought here in Naples does occasionally carry it. 

When you get right down to it, humans were not designed to drink cow’s milk at all. That was intended for baby calfs. Better choices are other milks like coconut, almond, and rice. Calcium can be obtained by eating a diet high in leafy green vegetables, beans, fish, nuts, seeds, even oatmeal, and oranges.

To learn more about your health and nutrition peruse our site or come in for a personalized appointment. www.chiropractorbonitasprings.com  (239) 947-1177

Originally Posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/b_77295_do_you_know_whats_in_your_milk.html

Aging Gracefully through Proper Nutrition

While genetics play a large part in how we age, lifestyle and nutrition are also key. There is no one “right diet” for everyone. We are all different and have differing nutritional requirements. A good baseline to start from is to eat a diet filled with wholesome nutrient rich foods.

Organic Vegetables, Fruits, Grass Fed Meats, Nuts, Seeds, and Plenty of Clean non-fluoridated water are the basics. Staying away from processed packaged foods, genetically modified foods, hydrogenated oils, fillers, and preservatives.

Our environment has many pollutants and toxins. From the water that we drink, the air we breathe, chemicals in our personal grooming products, medications we take and alcohol we may drink, to the food we eat – our bodies are constantly in contact and having to filter out all kinds of particles. They can get our delicate systems out of balance causing toxicity levels and nutritional deficiencies.

These deficiencies and toxins over time can cause damage to the structure of the body and deteriorate our health causing us to age at a more rapid rate than otherwise would happen naturally. If left unchecked and uncorrected it can lead to disease and eventually death.

Proper body maintenance over the course of your life can help combat this keeping you in the very best shape and health possible allowing you to live a longer healthier life.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin had the right idea. It is far easier to maintain and build up over a lifetime than it is to have to try and heal damage already done.

If you are looking for an effective beauty treatment – ditch the lotions, potions, and creams. Beauty radiates from the inside and it is rooted in how you feel. Health is beauty.

Personalized testing and nutritional services are available at Nutritional Specialists of Florida in Bonita Springs, Florida. Give us a call today to see how we can help you age the way it was intended – gracefully.

Nutrition Specialists of Florida can be reached at 239-947-1177 or by going to our contact page and sending an email.

Originally Posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/b_75974_aging_gracefully_through_proper_nutrition.html

Artificial Sweeteners, the Ugly Truth

We have been duped. Somehow, we have all gotten it in our minds that calories are the enemy. Calories are not the enemy. They are simply a unit of energy contained in food which we, as humans, need to power our bodies.

Because of this, the food and drug industry has created their very own niche market and category. Artificial chemical sweeteners. While sugar rings in at only 16 calories per teaspoon, all its artificial counterparts come in at zero or nearly zero.

The question becomes: Is that small of a number of extra calories added to your diet worth the exchange?

Let’s compare.

FDA has recognized artificial sweeteners saccharin, aspartame, sucralose as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe). But are they?

While it is difficult to lump these substances into one group because they are scientifically each their own compound, all artificial sweeteners are created in a lab and are man made. They trick your brain and induce the same metabolic response as sugar. They can be up to 600 times sweeter than sugar itself which makes them addicting.

Despite studies over the years naming them as cell growth inhibitors and possible carcinogenics they have been marked as safe for consumption by the National Cancer Institute. Artificial sweeteners have had numerous complaints lodged against them and been investigated as a possible cause of brain tumors, mental retardation, birth defects, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes. So far, the FDA has made no move towards regulation despite having the studies to back up the toxicity levels. http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/jan03/012203/02p-0317_emc-000199.txt

Outside of the safety question. Do they benefit a low-calorie diet?

Although zero calorie studies have shown that increased appetite is often a side effect of consuming these sweeteners. This can up the overall food intake and negate the calories saved through the low or no calories foods or drinks.

Consuming excess sugar can lead to health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic issues, however, it is made in nature and derived from the sugar cane plant. According to a 1973 study done by Loma Linda University, when you consume 100 grams of sugar, equivalent to a one-liter bottle of soda, your white blood cells are 40% less effective at killing germs. This can cripple your immune system for up to 5 hours after eating sugar!

The best answer is to eliminate sugar both artificial and natural it all together. If you must sweeten, all natural Stevia is a natural herb which does not negatively affect health in small quantities. Make sure to read the ingredients. While it would seem that Stevia would be the only single ingredient that is not always the case. Look for pure Stevia as a standalone ingredient.

Nutrition Specialists of Florida would love to help you create a lifestyle change and boost your health. We can be reached at 239-947-1177 or by going to our contact page and sending an email.

Originally Posted: http://chiropractorbonitasprings.com/blog/b_75913_artificial_sweeteners_the_ugly_truth.html

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Everyone has heard the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Apples are an amazing fruit and incredibly good for you. Sometimes overlooked with the recent popularity and media coverage of the newly deemed “Super Fruits” such as Acai, Black Currents, Blueberries and Pomegranates, which are known for the high antioxidant levels contained, Apples boast the ability to help with numerous aliments as well as maintain overall health.

 

Where did this saying come from? The first printed quote was in 1866 in the February issue of “Notes and Queries”. It was stated as “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” It was later translated to the more modern “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Any saying that sticks around for nearly 150 years must have some truth to it. Right?

 

What is in apples that make them so good for us? First of all apples contain Pectin, which is a form of soluble fiber helpful in maintaining proper digestion and cholesterol levels. Apples also contain Boron, which supports brain and bone health. Add to that Quercetin which helps to reduce free radical damage and shows possibility in offering protection against cancer. And everyone’s favorite, Vitamin C which boosts immunity and over all health!

 

Now add to that that apples also help to clean your teeth and kill bacteria in your mouth, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

 

Apple cider vinegar, made from pressed fermented apples, also has tremendous health benefits. Taking apple cider vinegar daily promotes weight loss and control, as it helps your body to work more efficiently and burn off excess calories, which can taper your waistline over time. It also helps to improve blood flow and supports the circulatory system while promoting free and easy movement of the joints. The benefits don’t stop there. Apple cider vinegar also promotes a healthy stomach and digestive tract as well as keeping blood sugar in check! Plus, its great for your complexion.

 

When taken on a daily basis either as liquid mixed with water or in capsule form, this old time remedy is touted to assist in healing sinus infections, allergies, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, Candida, acid reflux, sore throat, contact dermatitis, arthritis and even gout.

 

Even further this is also wonderful for your pets health. Including dogs, cats and even horses. It can control fleas, ticks, and barn flies while giving their coats a luxurious shine.

 

As if that weren’t enough to make you run out and buy a bottle, it is also fantastic for household cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting! It works miracles on glass and is streak free!

 

Plus? They are just delicious, so next time you reach for a snack, grab an apple!

 

 

 

Reference:

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-apples.html

http://www.superfruits.org/benefits/

http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar.html

 

 

 

Arnica for healing

Arnica is one of the best-kept healing secrets out there. This wonderful plant is native to Europe and has been used there for healing over the centuries. Here in America it seems we are just catching on to some of these amazing plant based medicinal helpers.

Arnica Montana is a homeopathic medicine made from the Arnica flower in the sunflower family. In flower form arnica should not be taken directly as it is incredibly strong and needs to be diluted. It can be taken internally though use of homeopathic “pellets”, tinctures, or applied topically as an ointment.

It’s recommended for use on pain, bruising, muscle strains or sprains, muscle soreness, and speeding healing in general. It can be used post work out, after traumatic injury or accident and is often prescribed after surgery to speed healing and recovery time.

A randomized study published in 2007 looked at a group of just over two hundred people with osteoarthritis in their hands. It was found that an arnica gel applied topically worked just as well as daily ibuprofen, and with minimal side effects.

Another study of 79 arthritic knee patients showed that arnica gel was applied twice daily for three to six weeks, they experienced significant reductions in pain and stiffness and had marked function improvement.

It can be found online or at most health food stores and usually will come in a little 2” tube or small bottle. The cover twists allowing the tiny round pellets to fall into the cap. They are then taken sublingually for super fast absorption directly into your blood stream. Pellets are taken 2-4 times a day, 5 at a time.

It is important to note that these, as well as other homeopathic remedies, are best taken straight from the cap and placed under the tongue. Not only are you less likely to drop them (as they are very small), the oils on your skin can alter them making them less effective over all.

*Do not use mint toothpaste or mint products for 30 minutes after taking any homeopathic medicine as well – mint will neutralize some of the benefits.

So, next time you are at the natural foods store, grab some arnica for your medicine cabinet. You never know when you just might need it.

Happy healing!

Sources:
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/arnica-000222.htm