Are you taking antacids like they’re candy?

If you are like millions of Americans who suffer from gastrointestinal problems like indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn and upset stomach you may have been lead to believe that products like Tums, Maalox, and Rolaids are quite possibly your only salvation. It’s simply not the case.


Tums and Rolaids – both well-known popular products are made from a base of calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide (which is not for upset stomach but to treat constipation). Tums also admits to containing trace amounts of lead (which even in small amounts can cause harmful effects).


Maalox is made with magnesium hydroxide, aluminum hydroxide (which has side effects ranging from tarry stool, to coughing up blood, pain during urination to muscle weakness) and simethicone (which has several drug interaction warnings along with possible side effects of swelling of the lips, tongue or throat).


Additional to these active ingredients all of these over the counter medications also contain artificial flavors, saccharine (which has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals), Sorbitol (which has an array of side effects including nausea, gas, diarrhea and cramps).


Aren’t all of these things the very ailments you were trying to heal yourself from in the first place by consuming these products?


We, as a society have been taught to trust the Food and Drug Administration. We assume that because a product has been approved, that it is not only safe, but also actually good for us. Sadly this is not always the case.


In most cases nature has provided us with everything that we need to heal our bodies organically, only in this day and age we have gotten so far away from our roots that a lot of us have forgotten or never even had the advantage of being taught what plants, herbs and supplements have a healing effect on our physiology.


First of all, if you have these conditions it is recommended to avoid aggravating them by staying away from spicy foods and alcohol and of course, hardest of all, stress. But should you experience symptoms such as listed above here are a few things to try.


Papaya Lozenges are soothing to the stomach lining and reduce irritations such as bloating, gas and indigestion. Papaya contains natural enzymes that break down the proteins, fats & carbohydrates encouraging proper absorption of the nutrients in the food you eat.


Ginger is another incredibly powerful herb that supports healthy digestion when taken as a daily supplement. Ginger can also be taken in emergency situations where you don’t feel at all well due to upset stomach. It helps support the body’s response to nausea by settling the stomach. Ginger’s active ingredients are called proteolytic. This is a digestive enzyme similar to those found in papaya and pineapple. Ginger works three ways to nutritionally support the gastrointestinal function. First, it acts to provide relief for the stomach absorbing acids and toxins that cause nausea. Second, Ginger nutritionally supports the body’s own ability to control the inflammatory response function.

Third, Ginger nutritionally supports the digestive process to assist the body in controlling nausea, vomiting, and vertigo. Users of ginger swear by it for the comforting and soothing effects it offers.


Peppermint is also very useful in aiding in the digestive process. It helps to relieve gas and nausea due to indigestion, soothes the stomach lining and can relieve cramps; it calms nerves and invigorates the digestive tract. We suggest that everyone who drinks coffee should at least on occasion, replace it with a cup of peppermint tea. Coffee harms the body by weakening the heart and making it hard for food to digest. And if that isn’t your “cup of tea” it can also be taken in capsule form.


Next time you are having gastrointestinal distress before you reach for that pack of antacids, I hope you think of this article and give something a little more gentle and natural a try.

Author: Sarah Barendse

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8 Tips To Heal Burns Naturally

Recently a very good friend of mine had a propane tank on his gas grill catch on fire. It shot out a fireball, which engulfed his upper body, arms and face. Though burnt pretty badly, the tank thankfully ran out of gas before it could explode.

Going to the emergency room they gave him pain medication but really did not offer much advice other than the fact that it would take time to heal.

There are a few things that you can do that not only help you heal faster but also feel good and soothing while helping to prevent scars from forming.


#1. Soak the burned area in full fat ice-cold milk.

The fat and protein content in milk soothes burns and promotes healing. Soak the burn for 15 minutes at a time. Full fat yogurt can be used as well to help cool and hydrate.

#2. Mist Yourself! – This feels really good.

Get a small misting bottle.

Fill it with 6oz. of good clean water


30 drops of pure Peppermint Oil

20 drops of pure Lavender Oil

10 drops of Frankincense Oil

*Shake every time you use it because oil floats to the top.
**Mist liberally, you cannot use this too much. This combination of oils is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and Frankincense actually contributes to DNA level cellular repair.


#3. Aloe Aloe Aloe!

Aloe Vera is a wonder healer for burns.

Keep a bottle of pure aloe liquid in the refrigerator and spray or smooth on carefully as needed. *You can also add 10-20 drops or more of Peppermint Oil and or the other oils to this for cooling relief.

#4. Cool water only if you are bathing or showering. NO soaps on the burn areas, especially those that are perfumed with anything other than essential oils as they can be drying and that is the last thing a burn needs.

#5. Take extra Vitamins C & E

These not only help to boost your immune system back up, they also help with skin healing and repair.


#6. Eating Collagen boosting foods will help with repair

Fish, Red Vegetables (tomatoes/peppers), Dark green Vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli), Carrots, Berries, White Tea, Citrus Fruits, Protein (eggs, milks, meats), Bone broth Soups, Garlic, and even Oysters. And though it seems like an odd health suggestion – Gummy Candies.

#7. RAW Honey

Once scabbing starts RAW honey is an amazing healer. Antibiotic in nature it not only helps prevent but can actually reverse scarring. (Just not keloid scars).

Use it like a mask on the burnt area. Leave on for 15-20 minutes daily. You will begin to see results in only a few days.

#8. Rest

This aspect is often over looked.

Your body heals most rapidly when you are asleep. Burns are very taxing to your body and you will require more rest than usual until your skin is healed.

Be easy on yourself and take the time you need.

All Natural Pain Products That Really Work!

What if you didn’t have to take pain medication to manage your pain?

Life isn’t meant to be lived in pain, or to suffer though… Prescription pain medication, or even over the counter, can have unwanted side effects. Here are a few ideas that I have personally tried and that have worked wonders for me.

FGXpress Power Strips
I was recently sent a couple of samples of FGXpress Power Strips to try. Expecting them to be like other pain relief patches I have seen and tried I thought they would either feel hot or cold. They are neither hot nor cold. In fact when you put them on you don’t feel much of anything.

I applied a patch to my shoulder. After a while I forgot I was wearing it. They are very lightweight, bendable and stay on well. What I did notice after a few hours was that my shoulder was hurting less and less.

The next morning I woke up feeling great, no pain at all in my shoulder or neck!

What is an FGXpress Power Strip and why do they work?

They are the only product of their kind to be listed by the Federal Drug Administration as a Class 1 Medical Device for the treatment and management of pain.

They work by using a fusion of modern energy and ancient herbs, which promote the temporary relief of pain, and improved look and feel to the skin. They are made with a plant-based bio-degradable matrix that is non-toxic and water soluble.

Each strip has two layers. The first layer contains elemental Germanium particles. It is accepted and well understood that thermal energy is constantly emitted from the body. This energy passes through the strip unimpeded, strikes the germanium particles and is reflected back to the body as FAR Infrared energy which penetrates deep into the tissue and causes an increase heat. The key herbs infrared also allows for propagation of more blood, more oxygen to the blood, and most importantly allows the cells to export metabolic waste and “heal” themselves faster.

As heat is distributed, vessels dilate which increases the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the cells. The second (adhesive) layer contains a proprietary blend of:
Fermented Korean Red Ginseng (This herb has shown to improve memory, improve immune system function, help manage stress and provide relaxation. It also helps with liver function, immune spots, and can even normalize blood pressure.)
Alpha 3 CMP Marine Phytoplankton (Another key element is a revolutionary Super food called Marine Phytoplankton. It contains hundreds of different carotenoids, minerals, amino acids and nutrients and is considered to be a “complete source of nutrition.)
Silver (Silver has been used for hundreds of years as an anti-microbial to fight bacteria and protect against infection.)

These ingredients are proven to help protect, nourish and even regenerate cells.

To find out more about them please visit: FGXpress

Pure Peppermint Oil & or Deep Blue Blend Oil from doTERRA

Pure peppermint essential oil works wonders for ridding yourself of headache pain or muscle aches. Just a few drops applied directly (or if you are sensitive or need to do a larger area you can mix with coconut oil) brings a tingling cold pain reliving sensation that lasts and dissolves pain away. It works even better when used in conjunction with Deep Blue Oil (a blend of: Blue Chamomile, Blue tansy, Camphor, Helichrysum, Osmanthus, Peppermint, Wintergreen).

For oils please visit: doTERRA

TIP! – For extra strength and deeper muscle penetration apply right after you dry off from a hot shower. *For both pain breaker and the oils you may also place a warm wet wash cloth over the area to help the products penetrate as well.

TIP! – For migraine – put the oils on the part of your head that hurts, then add an ice pack and lay down and relax… the pain should fade pretty quickly. Add more oil if needed.

*All of these products are anti-inflammatory in nature and work with your body to speed pain relief and encourage healing.

Happy Healing!