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Charles asks…

natural remedy for rage

I can get angry pretty quickly; usually at my family’s expense. Are there any natural ways to calm me down.

I have started exercising, but for the time being I am just exhausted from it- which makes me more irritable. I also tried Kava and it didn’t help at all.

vti answers:

Food intolerances or allergies or sensitivies to chemicals, perfumes, air sprays, cleaning products etc. Can create havoc with your neural system and will definitely send you into a crazy spin at the drop of a pin……. It possible that you are intolerant to wheat, lactose or soy products …… I’m intolerant to all of them and within minutes of consuming anything containing those three seemingly “harmless” ingredients my brain totally frizzles and some of the most ghastly mood swings and stomach aches and headaches always ensue.

Also, the amount of additives and chemicals and other nasties in packaged foods these days is positively scary …… I have found in particular that additives like MSG (620 – 635) make me extremely agitated and agressive.

As consumers are becoming more wary of MSG, manufacturers are using other non-regulated ingredients that contain MSG, but aren’t pure MSG, to avoid having to list MSG on their labels!!

Additives that Always contain MSG are ~

Monosodium glutamate
Hydrolysed vegetable Protein
Hydrolysed plant protein
plant protein extract
calcium caseinate
hydrolysed oat flour
hydrolysed anything else!!
Potassium glutamate
Hydrolysed protein
autolysed yeast
sodium caseinate
yeast extract
textured protein

Additives that frequently contain MSG are~

Malt extract
natural vlavouring
natural beef or chicken flavor
malt flavor
seasoning….. Hydrolysed vegeetable protein is one of the more common substitutes for pure MSG found in a huge range of common foods………….. Hydrolysed vegetable protein is a concentrated form of natural MSG that is now often used by manufacturers instead of MSG as a way around consumer concern……. Often, products with high amounts of HVP boldly market themselves as “MSG free” to attract consumers who are unaware that HVP contains high concentrations of glutamates and has the same adverse health effects as MSG.

HVP is made from junk vegies selected for their high quantitity of excitotoxins, e.g. Glutamate… The vegies are boiled in a vat of sulphuric acid for several hours then the acid is neutralised with caustic soda… The brown sludge is scraped off the top and dried into a powder….. The powder contains known carcinogens and dicarboxylic acid, the safety of which is unknown…. MSG is often added to this powder… Finally, the powder is put in our food….. Including baby food and we eat it…….. Scary stuff.

Avoid anything with flavor enhancers or hydrolysed vegetable protein if you’re wanting to avoid MSG because of its adverse health impacts….. There’s a book by Julie Eady called “Additive Alert” that you should buy from your local bookstore …… Pretty rivetting & eye opening stuff mate.

Actually, not eating out of a packet and eating loads of fresh & healthy foods will go a long way to help bolster your neural system.

Take fish oils on a daily basis too….. The omega 3 fatty acids in fish oils will bolster neural functioning for you and do a lot of other things also.

Fish oils are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and will also help to possibly prevent depression;
~ alleviate rheumatoid arthritis;
~ offer protection against migraines and kidney disease;
~ enhance the immune system;
~ lower blood pressure;
~ keep skin, hair and nails healthy;
~ lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides;
~ reduce blood viscosity;
~ help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Wonderfull for calming a frizzled mind.

To increase your Omega 3 intake ~

~ grind whole organic flaxseeds in a coffee grinder and sprinkle over fresh fruit;
~ throw a handful of organic walnuts into a green leafy salad;
~ add a tablespoon of flaxseed oil to your morning smoothie;
~ eat oily, cold water fresh fish like salmon, mackerel or tuna at least three times a week.

Organic with the nuts and seeds to avoid the nasty sulfites and other chemicals they use to “preserve” them that may upset sensitive bodies.

Try to go as natural with your daily food as you can…… Ditch all pre packaged and junky type foods……. Eliminate highly refined sugar and instead focus on fresh fruits in season….. Drink freshly squeezed juices and loads of fresh filtered water….. Ditch all the sodas and pop and soft drinks and any drinks with caffeine too if you drink any as they are only full of sugar which is nutritionally void anyways and will also rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins and dehydrate you terribly….. Prepare lean meats and fresh fishes and fresh vegies for meals and ditch the pastries, cookies, cakes and chips if you eat any as your best chance for a healthy vital body will always be eating from natures bounty of fresh wholesome foods……. Read the labels too when you buy bread as many of them have an awful lot of highly refined sugar in them.

Take a daily dose of a multi B complex supplement too on a daily basis to support a healthy neural, immune and digestive system……… This will help enormously in reducing your stress and anxiety levels.

Eat loads of leafy and green vegies as they are rich in magnesium… Magnesium is needed in our bodies for healthy nerves and muscle functioning and of course for heart health and is known as the antistress mineral….. Foods rich in magnesium will help eliminate any issues you have with constipation or muscle twitching too.

Hope this helps u


Chris asks…

Help with fruit flies! Natural remedy?

I started a worm bin not long ago and my mistake in collecting scraps (only fruits and veggies, no meats or cheeses) I did not cover it and so came these itty bitty f***ers. Well, I got rid of all that, kept my kitchen clean after that, but these buggers are still here! They are living in my window plants. I have basil, chives, and mint growing as well as some cactus that I must keep inside, but I need to get rid of the flies. Can someone help me? I need a NATURAL remedy.

vti answers:

I have used this type of trap for years, with success.

Place a pie pan near the infestation. Add a drop or two of dish soap, and fill halfway with water.

Use a lamp with a flexible head, or a clamp reflector lamp, with a regular light bulb. Put the light directly over, and about 6 inches above the half filled pie pan. At night, turn off all other room lights.

The little flying pests will fly to the light. When they touch the hot bulb, they will fall into the soapy water, and drown. In the morning, just flush the trap water and bugs down the drain.

Reset the trap every night, until no more are caught.

This trap, when set up on the floor, will also trap fleas from your pets, carpets, and upholstery.

Nancy asks…

What are some Herbal/Natural remedies for a horse?

Which ever one is cheaper 🙂
I would like to know what are Herbal remedies, and Natural remedies to take care of a horse? How would you feed it to it?

Also, what does garlic do for a horse(the fresh kind or dehydrated one?


vti answers:

Bach Flower Remedies!!!!!!!!
they are oils that can be/are added to water, feed or they can be licked off of your hand if the horse is willing.
There are 38 Bach Flower Remedies that are used

Carol asks…

Pimples and scars on my chin! Any natural remedies?

The rest of my face is fine, it`s just that area! I used to pop some of the pimples, and that`s why there`s scars….. `ve tried cleansing the area a lot, but now it`s just made the area real dry and a bit sore. Hellllp 🙁

vti answers:

Pimples Home Remedies

Mix 1 tablespoon groundnut oil with 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice to prevent formation of blackheads and pimples.

Another overnight home remedy for zapping a zit is to put a dab of toothpaste on it to help dry it out. You may need to test this on a short-term basis to make sure it doesn’t irritate your pimple. Calamine lotion will have the same drying effect.

Honey is a great remedy for pimples and acne. It kills bacteria and leaves the skin pimple free.

A common home remedy for pimples is toothpaste. Use the paste variety, not gel and gently apply a small drop directly on top of the blemish and let it dry. This will draw the pimple out and leave you blemish free. If left on too long, the skin may become irritated.

Juice of raw papaya is the best treatment for pimples. Apply fresh juice of raw papaya on pimples and get a good result.

Take a raw potato, peel and grate it. Put the grated into a muslin piece and tie it tightly to form a pad. Rub this pad all over the face in the firm, circular motions for about 5 minutes and then wash your face. Alternatively you could directly rub potato slices all over the face, Helps to get rid of blemishes and pimple scar.

Take a few pods of cloves and roast them dry in a pan. Powder them and add a little curd to make be a paste. Dab the paste on the pimples and let it dry. Wash off. Use this treatment regularly if you are prone to pimples. It is especially good for people who have an oily skin. The roasted cloves help to dry up the pimples faster.

A few handy tips for those who suffer from pimple ‘attacks’. Drink plenty of water and vegetable or fruit juices. Use cucumber or other fruit and vegetable packs to cure pimple scars. Maintain a diet that is rich in cottage cheese, fish and yoghurt. These help to cleanse your system and ward off pimples.

Pimples treatment using Zinc

Another useful remedy for acne and pimples is zinc. It should be taken in a dose of 50 mg daily for a month to reduce pimples. Then you can reduce the dose if noticable improvements are seen on your skin.

Home remedy for Pimple using Orange peel

Homemade Pimple Treatment using Orange peel has been found very effective. Pound the orange peel with water on a piece stone and apply to acne affected areas.

Mix equal amount of lemon juice and groundnut oil to form a paste. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes and then wash off with water. Another good remedy to prevent pimples.

Mariglod petals crushed with a little castor oil can bring the zit to its head quickly. To suppress it, sandalwood paste with holy basil leaf helps.

To avoid transferring bacteria and germs, clean your pillowcase, washcloths, towels, make-up brushes and applicators frequently.

Apply fresh lime juice mixed to a glass of boiled milk as a face wash for acne, pimples, blackheads, and cracked skin.

Apply ripe tomatoes pulp on pimples and keet upto 1 hour, then wash.

Make a paste by mixing 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. Repeat for two weeks, pimples will disappear forever.

Use of sulphur soap is effective in keeping the oil glands clean and thus reducing pimples and acne. Grease can be removed by the use of lemon juice or camphor spirit.

Blend cucumber and make a paste. Apply this as a mask on your face and leave it for 1/2 hour and then rinse. This refreshes your skin and prevents acne.

A mask of grated apple mixed with a little honey is an excellent remedy for pimples. Most facial masks can be applied to the skin for 15-20 minutes then washed off with warm water, followed by a cold rinse.

Avoid consuming ghee, butter oils and sweets.

The Pimple affected parts must be thoroughly cleaned and wiped with a soft towel.

Cleanse the face free of make-up at night and before going to bed.

Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) pack is an effective means to control pimples.

Daily intake of a spoonful of honey mixed with rose water clears the skin.

Too much fingering and bursting of pimples causes septic and may leave behind permanent marks and damages to your looks.

Grind Neem leaves and turmeric. Mix with water to make a paste. It should be rubbed on the
pimple or scars, this helps clear away the spots.

How to reduce pimples:

Regularly shampoo your hair.
Avoid unnecessarily touching your affected areas.
Change your dirty cloths , always wear clean and fresh cloth.
Wash your face twice a day with mild soap.
Avoid over make-up, only wear on special occasions.
Try to minimize your stress levels.
Keep a food diary to work out.
Crush some asprin and add a little water. This will create a paste. Put on face for 10-15 min.
To avoid pimples,wash your face with cold and hot water alternatively and note that you must end with cold water.

Linda asks…

Natural heartburn remedy?

I have heard about using baking soda, or vinegar..what are the dosages for those…and are they safe??

I have already tried…prescriptions, Tums, Rolaids, Milk, elevating the head of the bed, diet and exercise

vti answers:

Hi Mrs F, no need to use antacids and baking soda, which have unwanted side effects and contain aluminum.

Anise, peppermint, and lavender

Here’s a tea that you can make to help you with acid reflux or heartburn. It will help you reduce the amount of acid you have in your stomach. Mix together equal amounts of aniseed, peppermint and lavender. Make an infusion of this tea:
* boiling 2 1/2 cup distilled water
* pour this water over a teaspoon of the herbal mixture
* let this tea sit for 3- 5 minutes
* strain the tea and add a little bit of honey if you like.
* place this tea in a thermos

Drink up to 8 oz in the morning and 8 oz in the evening to get relief of acid reflux.

Betain, Pepsin, and Papaya digestive enzymes also is very good. Please look article:
Jason Homan

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