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9 Natural Remedies to Help a Sinus Infection

Posted: Mon, 22 January 2018, 16:12


Sinusitis is the infection of the sinus and typically occurs when excess mucus develops or there is a blockage of the sinuses.

Causes of Sinusitis

Unfortunately, there are many ways in which sinusitis can be caused and so it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what is causing your own personal flare up.

The causes for this excess mucus or blockage to the sinuses can be from an active cold or flu, an allergy such as hay fever, a bacterial imbalance, a virus, or a reaction to a toxin such as breathing in environmental toxins like pollution, or cigarette smoke. It can also be caused by a deviated septum or the small hairs (cilia) in your sinuses that help move mucus out not working properly.

If sinusitis becomes a constant struggle, I advise you to visit your doctor or nose specialist to help find out the underlying cause.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

They include but are not limited to:

Face tenderness

Pain in the face, sinuses, and behind your eyes

Sinus pressure

Nasal congestion

Runny nose


Sore throat



Nasal discharge

Despite being a novelty in Western society, oil pulling is an age-old remedy embedded in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Maybe you’ve heard of oil pulling, but you’re not sure what it means or how it’s done, or maybe you’ve never heard of it at all!
In this blog we’re going to cover the ins and outs of this simple and effective ancient technique so you can jump on the oil pulling health wagon yourself!

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is simply the act of swishing oil (usually Coconut, Sesame or Sunflower) in the mouth for up to 20 minutes first thing in the morning. The oil is pulled back and forth through the teeth and gums, and then spat out.

The oil acts as a powerful cleanser, picking up and drawing out the millions of bacteria and toxins that live in our mouths, cutting through plaque and removing toxins from the body.
Oil pulling is a natural way to clean and detoxify the teeth and gums and even has the added bonus effect of whitening teeth naturally, helping to improve our overall oral health.

12 Bunny-Approved Vegan Easter Chocolate Treat Ideas

Posted: Thu, 06 April 2017, 10:18

With Easter just around the corner, you may be in the midst of a hunt for the perfect vegan chocolate egg or sweet treat for yourself, a friend of a family member.

With vegan friendly options and alternatives popping up all over the place nowadays (horray!), you can now easily find yourself some super tasty chocolate treats.
But do you know what's even better? Being able to get a hold of some equally amazing ingredients to make your own healthy indulgencies!

To save you the trouble of hunting for the best vegan and gluten free delights out there, I’ve already done it for you!

Here are 12 Bunny-Approved Vegan Easter Chocolate Treat Ideas, all of course coming highly recommended by the Easter Rabbit himself ;)

Loving Earth

For the moments in life when only chocolate will do (and there are many!), Loving Earth organic vegan chocolate is the perfect pleasure.

A wickedly decadent healthy treat, this chocolate is dairy free (and vegan friendly!), is sweetened with organic coconut nectar (a natural low GI sweetener), contains no refined cane sugar, and is chocolate in its purest, richest, most essential form. This chocolate is uncooked and unprocessed, using unroasted Cacao Beans, meaning that their natural wealth of phytonutrients remain fully intact.

For those of you who have turned vegan or have given up dairy for health reasons, this is one sweet treat to keep you safe from the feelings of missing out when it comes to seasonal chocolate fests like Easter!

Now although I highly encourage you to munch your way through their divine selection of flavours individually, alternatively you can try some chocolate based Easter-y recipes like these:

You may or may not have heard Black Seed oil before. It goes by many names, including Nigella Sativa, black caraway, black cumin and Roman coriander, to name just a few.

You can take black seed oil in capsule or in liquid format (available in any Nourish store or online)

Viridian Organic Black (Nigella sativa) Seed Oil
Viridian Organic Black seed (Nigella sativa) Capsules

For over two thousand years, black seed oil has been traditionally used in herbal medicine throughout various cultures all over the world as a natural remedy for many diseases and ailments, as well as to improve general health.

Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) grows throughout India, Arabia, and Europe to about 16-24 inches in height and has white flowers when in bloom. The deep black, sharp-cornered rectangular seeds (no longer than 3 mm) are the part of the plant that is used.

This herb has many many health benefits, but to narrow it down to just a handful, here are just 5 of the health benefits of Black Seed oil that you should know!

At the beginning of the season, usually around April, hay fever sufferers often start to feel the dread of another season of itchy eyes, runny noses and sleepless nights – do I hear a conformational sneeze there?

Hayfever symptoms are not only annoying, irritating and utterly frustrating but they can also be very disruptive, interrupting our daily lives in more ways than we may realise.

Not only do you get the joy of stinging puffy eyes, blocked and runny noses, and mysterious skin rashes, you can also end up having difficulty sleeping, or having to cancel social engagements because your symptoms have made you feel so rubbish.

So, what is Hay fever?

Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis which arises when your immune system assesses a particle entering your body and reacts to it as a threat, aka an allergen. In this case, the allergen is in the form of pollen from trees, grass, or flowers.

If the immune system decides (rightly or wrongly) that this particle is going to endanger the body, it triggers a response to kill it, causing inflammation of the mucous lining of your respiratory system and encouraging a secretion of thick, sticky mucus to trap the foreign particle.

The cause of the swelling, redness and itching that goes hand-in-hand with hayfever is the result of elevated histamine, an inflammatory compound present within us. When histamine levels rise, this can lead to symptoms that are very similar to the feeling of a common cold and can occur immediately after coming into contact with the allergen.
These may include sneezing, running and stuffy nose, watery or itchy eyes, scratchy throat, skin itches and even the loss of your sense of taste or smell.

The swelling that histamine causes throughout your nasal passages makes your respiratory tract far more sensitive to airborne irritants, so you may want to avoid wearing perfume or using spray deodorants, as well as swapping chemical based household cleaning products such as air fresheners and cleaning sprays, all of which can aggravate your hay fever symptoms further for natural alternatives.

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