Sugar Is The Sweetest Thing To Kill


is the topic once again, because I’m positive most people still don’t understand what they’re doing to themselves.

My point was proved again, by two doctors I respect, (Drs. Samadi and Siegel) as I watched them clearly explain why, in this video news story. WATCH IT HERE


and salt are the most abused and misunderstood ingredients in the American diet.

Last night I woke up with painful pressure in my sinuses. You’re thinking, “that couldn’t have been from two pieces of pie, could it?”

That’s the way we think. We think that because we do NOT understand the real effects of


on our systems.

Environmental allergens like pollen and pet dander are not the only reasons we experience things like sinus pressure and sinus headaches.

Food triggers, poor digestion, inadequate sleep and it’s no secret that a lack of good nutrition can also aggravate sinus problems.

Well, guess what happens when you “slam” your pancreas with excess


Sugar is a simple carbohydrate, and it breaks down quickly in your digestive tract.

This floods your bloodstream with glucose very quickly, which your body can usually break down for energy.

This process is normal in reasonable amounts of sugar and is part of what’s supposed to happen when we eat. But, we’re NOT suppose to eat too much at one time…

Your body converts the blood “glucose” to energy through a hormone called insulin.

When blood glucose is in our bloodstream, our “pancreas” creates and releases insulin into the blood to “process the glucose.”

It’s no problem with “normal amounts of sugar,” but when you eat too much and force the pancreas to break down.

If you eat too much sugar at one time, your pancreas will increase the insulin without too much trouble.

But, when you do this often, like many people do, the long term wear on your pancreas can cause it to “age” more rapidly than the rest of your body.

It’s doing the same thing to your liver and kidneys, at the same time your pancreas is aging.

This will result in pancreatic failure, which is a fancy way of saying, “you’ve got diabetes.”

Now I’m not even talking about the other issues of how the sugar literally “breaks down and destroys brain cells.” You can watch the video I posted HERE.

Refined sugar lower your immune system, and sugar can also “prolong” sinusitis if it’s caused by the fungus candida.

Anti fungal diets and the suggestions in Dr. Ivker’s book, consist primarily of vegetables, non-red-meat, eliminating refined sugar, yeast, dairy, mushrooms, fried foods, bread, alcohol, and a number of others.

If you want to know for sure if what you’re eating is causing the problem, decrease refined sugar intake and eliminate potential food triggers.

Refined sugar, (white sugar and high fructose corn syrup) aggravates the balance of many hormones, and promotes the growth of “disease causing bacteria.”

Sugar consumption should be dramatically reduced or eliminated all together, to dramatically improve the lessening of sinus problems.

Investigate the possibility of your body reacting to foods consumed on a regular basis. Common foods causing problems include dairy and gluten containing grains (wheat, oats, rye, barley and spelt).

If you’ve been suffering from chronic sinus problems, it’s time to do an “elimination diet.”

Focus on proteins, fruits and vegetables, and avoid dairy and gluten containing grains for a two to three week period.

Along with sugar, get your salt intake down also!

Salt is a vital mineral that we need for good health, but most diets today, contain too much salt. Consuming too much can lead to hypernatremia. (An imbalance of salt and water in the body)

The recommended daily intake for the average person is around 6 grams per day, but most people easily consume twice that amount.

So how do you know that you’ve eaten too much salt?

Usually, people who consume too much salt, tend to be more thirsty, although this could also be caused by a dry environment, lifestyle factors, or because of diabetes.

If you are drinking a lot more water than you normally would, it might be worth getting a blood test.

Increased blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis are the long term results. (I personally believe that the salt contributes to the sinus pressure, since it increases blood pressure).

I only mention salt in an article about sugar because the “cause and effects” are co-mingling most of time. Many people that are consuming too much sugar, are ALSO consuming too much salt!

Sugar is in “almost” EVERY box, can, jar, package and container of food… Period! Like the doctors mentioned, anything that ends in an “ose,” Sucrose, Fructose, Dextrose and Xylose, are ALL sugar.

Your body doesn’t care what the label says, it’s all “sugar” and it will react and make the pancreas go to work again!

You better ask yourself, “How much sugar have I had today,” before you add a big slice of pie and ice cream for desert to the end of your day.

I am very serious about curbing our sugar and salt intake, as I made pretty clear in my article, “Detox Sugar and Live.”

It takes discipline and vigilance to curb your sugar intake. After all, it IS addictive physically and mentally, and you have to care about your health, to sustain a healthy pancreas, liver and kidneys.

Author: Steve Berchtold

Tonsillitis Home Remedies


is an inflammation or infection of the tonsils. The tonsils are two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat and there is one tonsil on each side.

Homeopathic Remedy To Relieve Sore Throats & Inflamed Tonsils!

The symptoms of tonsillitis are swollen tonsils, sore throat and difficulty swallowing. Our tonsils are part of the immune system, which helps the body fight infection.


often goes away on its own after about 4 to 10 days.

What’s the cause of tonsillitis?



is caused by a virus. But sometimes it’s caused by the same bacteria that causes “strep throat.”

Only in very rare cases, is it caused by a fungus or a parasite.

Tonsillitis is spread through droplets in the air, when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes.

You can become infected after breathing in these droplets, getting them on your skin or from objects that come in contact with your mouth, nose, or eyes.

The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. The throat and tonsils are usually red and swollen. They may have spots on them, pus that covers them completely or just in patches.

Fever is not uncommon.

NOTE: If you feel like you have a cold, with symptoms of runny, stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, a virus is most likely the cause.

NOTE: If you have a sore throat, plus a sudden severe fever and swollen lymph nodes, but, you don’t have any symptoms of a cold, the infection is more likely to be from bacteria.

This means you should have a doctor give you a strep test.

How is tonsillitis diagnosed?

Your doctor will look at your throat, and may do a rapid strep test along with a throat culture.

This will show your doctor whether the tonsillitis is caused by “streptococcus bacteria,” or simply a virus.

If your doctor thinks that you have mono, he’ll probably give you a test for mononucleosis.

Tonsillitis caused by a virus usually goes away on its own.

You can ease throat pain if you gargle with salt water, drink warm tea, take otc (over the counter) pain medicine, and use other home remedies.

Don’t give aspirin to anyone under 20 years or younger. It has been linked to the serious disease called “Reye syndrome.”

If your tonsillitis is caused by strep bacteria, you will most likely be treatment with antibiotics.

Antibiotics can help prevent rare but serious problems caused by strep, and help control the spread of infection. But, anytime you use antibiotics, you need to replace all the good bacteria that has been destroyed from your use of the antibiotics.

As a rule, doctors only advise surgery to remove tonsils, (tonsillectomy) when there are serious problems with the tonsils.

These include frequent infections, long-lasting infections that don’t get better after treatment. It’s still your choice after consulting with your doctor.

Tonsillitis most commonly affects children between preschool ages and mid-teen years.

Homeopathic Remedy To Relieve Sore Throats & Inflamed Tonsils!

Common signs and symptoms of tonsillitis include:

Enlarged tender glands in the neck
Scratchy, muffled or throaty voice
Bad breath
Red swollen tonsils
White or yellow coating patches on the tonsils
Sore throat
Painful swallowing
Stomachache, (in younger children)
Stiff neck

Signs of tonsillitis in children who are unable to describe how they feel, may include:

Refusal to eat
Drooling from painful swallowing
Unusual fussiness

Call your doctor if your child is experiencing:

A sore throat that doesn’t go away with the first drink or two in the morning
Painful or difficult swallowing
Extreme weakness, fatigue or fussiness

Get to your doctor for care immediately if your child:

Has difficulty breathing
Extreme difficulty swallowing
Is drooling

Herbal Remedies for Tonsillitis:

Echinacea, garlic, myrrh, sage and wild indigo all help boost the immune system.

Limeflowers, chamomile, elderflowers and yarrow are suppose to reduce fever.

Painful tonsils may be soothed with comfrey, marshmallow and mullein.

Raspberry leaves, elderflowers or agrimony can be used to clear catarrh, (a disorder of inflammation of the mucous membranes) and mucous.

Gargling with a mixture of lavender and chamomile may reduce fever, headaches and pain.

A mild tea made from elderflowers, peppermint and yarrow leaves can be taken daily until the tonsillitis clears.

Garlic is great for any kind of throat infection, including tonsillitis. An onion and garlic soup are excellent foods to eat for tonsillitis.

Include spices like horseradish, ginger, and mustard seed.

Blackberry root and persimmon have traditionally been used as a remedy for tonsillitis.

Echinacea enhances immunity and combined with goldenseal, they make a potent antiseptic and antibiotic.

Black nightshade is also good as a healing herb for tonsillitis.

Author: Steve Berchtold

Homeopathic Remedy To Relieve Sore Throats & Inflamed Tonsils!

Shingles Treatment


is a painful, blistering skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpoxAfter you get chickenpox, usually as a child, the virus remains dormant in certain nerves in the body.


If the virus becomes active again in these nerves,


occurs, even years later after you’ve had chickenpox.

Scientists don’t have an answer as to why the virus suddenly becomes active. Often, only one attack occurs and then it’s dormant the rest of your life.


can happen in any age group, but it’s more likely to happen if:

Older than 60
Had chickenpox before age 1
Your immune system is weakened by medications or disease

If either an adult or child has direct contact with a shingles rash on someone, and has not already had chickenpox as a child or a chickenpox vaccine, they can develop chickenpox from this contact.

They will not get shingles, but rather chickenpox.

The first symptom is usually one-sided pain, tingling, or burning. The pain and burning can be severe and is usually shows up before any rash appears.

For most people, red patches on the skin, followed by small blisters, are the symptoms.

Then the blisters break, forming small ulcers that begin to dry and form crusts. The crusts fall off in 2 to 3 weeks, but fortunately, scarring is rare.

The rash is usually spotted in a narrow area from the spine, around to the front of the belly area or chest.

The face, eyes, mouth, and ears may be affected by the rash.

Other symptoms of shingles may include:

Fever and chills
General ill-feeling
Abdominal pain
Difficulty moving some of the muscles in the face
Drooping eyelid
Genital lesions
Hearing loss
Joint pain
Loss of eye motion
Swollen glands (lymph nodes)
Taste problems
Vision problems

Sometimes pain, muscle weakness, and a rash can show around different parts of your face, if shingles affects a nerve in your face.

Signs and tests for shingles:

Doctor can make the diagnosis by looking at your skin and asking about your medical history.

Tests are rarely needed, but your doctor may take a skin sample to see if the skin is infected with the virus that causes shingles.

Blood tests may show an increase in white blood cells and antibodies to the chickenpox virus, but can’t prove the rash iscaused from shingles.

Treatment For Shingles:

Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral like Acyclovir, Famciclovir, or Valacyclovir. The drug helps reduce pain and shortens the course of the disease.

The medications ideally should be started within 24 hours of feeling pain or burning, and preferably before the blisters appear.

The drugs are in pill form, and given in doses many times greater than those recommended for HSV-1 and HSV-2.


Some people may need the medicine through a vein (by IV), instead of pill form.

Anti-inflammatory medicines, (corticosteroids, like Prednisone) may be used to reduce swelling and slow continued pain.

Unfortunately, these drugs don’t work for all patients.

Other medicines to relieve symptoms may include:

Antihistamines to reduce itching
Pain medicines
Zostrix, a cream that may reduce the risk of postherpetic neuralgia
Cool wet compresses can be used to reduce pain.
Colloidal oatmeal bath, starch baths, or calamine lotion, may help relieve itching and discomfort.
Resting in bed until the fever goes down is recommended.

Skin should be kept clean, and contaminated items should not be reused.

Non disposable items should be washed in boiling water. Isolate the infected person while lesions are oozing, to prevent infecting other people, who have never had chickenpox.

Pregnant women are especially at risk when exposed to an infected person.

Fortunately, herpes zoster (shingles) usually clears in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely recurs.

If the virus affects nerves that control movement, (the motor nerves), you may experience a temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis.

Sometimes, the pain where the shingles occurred may last from months to years in that same area .

This is called “postherpetic neuralgia” and it’s caused by the nerves being damaged after an outbreak of shingles. Pain ranges from mild to very severe.

Usually, in people over 60 years of age.

Complications of Shingles may include:

Another attack of shingles
Blindness (if shingles occurs in the eye)
Infection, including “encephalitis or sepsis” in persons with weakened immune systems
Bacterial skin infections
Ramsay Hunt syndrome (a painful rash around the ear that occurs when the varicella zoster virus infects a nerve in the head)

Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of shingles, and if you have a weakened immune system and your symptoms persist or worsen.

Shingles that affect the eye is most serious, since if you don’t get emergency medical care, it could lead to permanent blindness.

Is there anything that can be done to prevent shingles?

Avoid touching the rash and blisters on people with shingles or chickenpox, especially, if you’ve never had chickenpox or chickenpox vaccine.

A herpes zoster vaccine is available and it’s not the same as the chickenpox vaccine.

Older adults who receive the herpes zoster vaccine are less likely to have complications from shingles.

Doctors recommend that adults older than 60 should receive the vaccine as part of routine medical care.

Author: Steve Berchtold


Scabies Treatment Naturally


treatment should be utilized as soon as possible when signs first appear.



is a highly contagious itchy skin condition caused by an infestation by the itch mite. (Sarcoptes scabiei)

Skin-to-skin contact is the way scabies are transmitted.

A severe, intense itch is the main symptom of scabies.

What causes a



This problem is caused by mites. Mites are small eight legged parasites (in contrast to insects, which have six legs).

They are tiny, just 1/3 millimeter long, and burrow into the skin. That’s what creates the intense itching, which tends to be worse at night.

The mites that infest humans are female. Scabies mites can be seen with a magnifying glass or microscope.

Similar to another pest, lice, the scabies mites crawl but are unable to fly or jump. They are immobile at temperatures below 68 degrees or (20C,) although they may still be able to survive for longer periods at these temperatures.


infestation happen everywhere across the world. They estimate about 300 million cases worldwide each year.

Human scabies infestations has been reported for over 2,500 years.

Scabies epidemics have been reported in nursing homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities. It’s seen frequently in the homeless population, but occurs in all socioeconomic groups as well.

How do people get scabies?

Scabies mites are very sensitive to their environment. They can only live off of a host body for 24-36 hours under most conditions.

Transmission of the mites only happens from close person-to-person contact of the skin-to-skin variety.

Scabies are not really transmitted by shaking hands, clothes touching anothers, or even sharing bedclothes that had mites in them the night before.

Sexual physical contact is the main way scabies are transmitted. Sexual contact is the most common form of scabies transmission among sexually active young people, and scabies is now thought of as a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Actually, any form of physical contact, such as mothers hugging their children, are sufficient to spread the mites.

Close friends and relatives can contract mites this way, too. School settings don’t usually provide prolonged personal contact, necessary for mite transmission.

Can you catch scabies from your pets?

Dogs and cats are infected by completely different kinds of mites than those humans are. Animals are not a source of spreading scabies to us.

Scabies on dogs is called “mange.” When dog or cat type mites get on human skin, they fail to survive and only produce a mild itch that goes away on its own.

With human scabies, the itching gets worse and worse unless the condition is treated.

Scabies makes a skin rash that appears as small red bumps and blisters and affects specific areas of the body.

Scabies can show up almost anywhere between the fingers, wrists, back of the elbows, knees, around the waist and belly button.

In other words, just about anywhere on a persons body. The bumps may contain blood crusts. Not every bump you see is actually a bug.


In most cases of scabies infections, there are no more than 10-15 live mites, even even though there may be hundreds of bumps on the skin.

The scabies rash often shows up on the head, face, neck, palms, and soles of the feet in infants and very young children, but rarely in adults and older children.

Textbooks often describe scabies as “burrows” or “tunnels.” These tiny threadlike projections, appear as thin gray, brown, or red lines in affected areas.

Scratching the itching parts on the body actually destroys the burrows.

Symptoms may not appear for up to two months after being infested with the scabies mite. Even though symptoms don’t occur for that long, the infested person is still able to spread scabies during this time.

When symptoms finally do develop, itching is the most common symptom. The intensity of the itch of scabies is relentless and often gets worse over a period of weeks.

The itch can be much worse at night. For the first weeks, the itch is not that noticeable. Gradually it gets more intense until, after a month or two, the itch is so bad, sleep becomes almost impossible.

What makes the itch of scabies distinctive and different than poison ivy or lice, is its relentless consistency, after several weeks.

Other itchy skin conditions, like eczema or hives, tend to produce symptoms that come and go less often. But the scabies mite infestation can keep people from falling asleep at night and awaken the them in the middle of the night. They are that intense.

Scabies is detected by the typical rash and symptoms of unrelenting and worsening itch, particularly at night.

Doctors can make definitive diagnosis when evidence of mites is found from a “skin scraping” test.

With a scalpel blade over an area of a burrow and examining the scrapings microscopically, doctors can identify mites, eggs, or pellets.

This process can be difficult, since burrows can be hard to identify. Even the examination of scrapings from many burrows may only reveal one or two mites or eggs.

If the typical sign and symptoms are present, scabies will often be treated without performing the skin scrapings, necessary to identify the mites.

Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil Can Help Fight Scabies

Combine 10 ml of tea tree oil and 90 ml of distilled witch hazel and use as a lotion after taking a bath or shower.

Pure Lavender Oil Can Help Fight Scabies

Mix pure lavender oil with alcohol and apply to affected areas.

Neem Oil Can Help Fight Scabies

Neem oil is a botanical pesticide and therefore is very safe. Neem oil can be used for bathing purposes and direct application. Add 150 ml of neem oil to a bubble bath.

50 grams of neem oil mixed with turmeric, can make a nice antiseptic cream, that offers relief from the discomfort and itching.

Sulfur in petrolatum applied as a cream or ointment is one of the earliest known treatments for scabies. Sulfur is safe for use in pregnant women and infants.

Wash linens and bedclothes in hot water. Because mites don’t live long away from the body, it’s not necessary to dry-clean, or spray furniture and rugs.

Treat sexual contacts or relevant family members who have or may have symptoms.

Author: Steve Berchtold


Ringworm and How To Recognize It

Ringworm is simply an infection caused by a fungus.


No, it’s not a type of parasite, although it’s just as unwelcome.

“Jock itch” is a form of


that causes an itchy rash on the skin of your groin area. Common in men more than in women.

Jock itch


can be caused by the spread of athlete’s foot fungus to the groin area.

What really causes ringworm?

Ringworm is caused by a fungus only. Ringworm is not caused by a worm.

The kinds of fungi that cause ringworm, live and spread on the top layer of the skin and on the hair.

They grow best in warm, moist areas, like our skin folds, locker rooms and swimming pools.

Ringworm IS contagious. Skin-to-skin contact with a person or animal that has it, will cause another to be infected.

It can also spread when you share towels, clothing, or sports gear.

Rarely, you can get ringworm by touching an infected dog or cat, but this form of ringworm is not common.

What are the symptoms of a ringworm attack?

Ringworm causes a very itchy rash. It usually makes a pattern in the shape of a ringcamera. But sometimes it’s just a red, itchy rash.

Jock itch is a rash in the skin folds of the groin and may also spread to the inner thighs or buttocks.

Ringworm on the hand looks like athlete’s foot. The skin gets thick, dry, and scaly. Skin between the fingers may be moist and have open sores.

Ringworm of the skin is diagnosed by inspection and looking under a microscope.

If you have a ring-shaped rash, you most likely have ringworm. Your doctor will be able to tell for sure by scraping the rash and viewing under a microscope, to check for the ringworm fungus.

Most ringworm of the skin can be treated at home with creams you can buy without a prescription.

If if your rash clears up soon after you start treatment, it’s important to keep using the cream for as long as you’re suppose to. This will help keep the ringworm from coming back.

If the cream doesn’t work, your doctor can prescribe pills that will kill the fungus.


The ringworm should be treated right away, otherwise, your skin could blister, and the cracks could become infected with bacteria.

If this happens, you’ll need antibiotics. And you don’t want to take antibiotics if you don’t have to.

If your child is being treated for ringworm, you don’t have to keep him or her out of school or day care.

How can I prevent ringworm?

Don’t share clothing, sports gear, towels, or sheets. (wash your clothes in hot water with special anti-fungus soap if you think you’ve been exposed)
Wear slippers or sandals in locker rooms and public bathing areas
Shower and shampoo well after any sport that includes skin-to-skin contact
Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing (change your socks and underwear at least once a day)
Keep your skin clean and dry. (always dry yourself completely after showers or baths, drying your feet last)
If you have athlete’s foot, put your socks on before your underwear so that fungi do not spread from your feet to your groin
Take your pet to the vet if it has patches of missing hair, which could be a sign of a fungal infection

If you or someone in your family has symptoms, it’s important to treat ringworm right away, to keep other family members from getting it.

About Scalp Ringworm:

Scalp Ringworm is a different kind of fungal infection which is much more serious. It is most commonly found in humans and pet animals like cats, dogs and cattle.

You can become infected by hair contact or by sharing accessories like hats, comb, bedding, barber’s instruments etc.

Doctors usually recommend shampoos containing ketoconazole (Nizoralicon), pyrithione zinc (Selsun Salonicon) or selenium sulfide (Selsun Blueicon) twice a week.

Or your doctor may prescribe some oral medicines, since they are more effective than shampoos.

There are several home remedies to treat ringworm on the body and face.


Try these ringworm home remedies:

*Soak a cloth or paper towel in natural apple cider vinegar and apply it on the ringworm patch for about 15 minutes, several times a day.
*Rub some slices of raw papaya on the ringworm patches. (A paste made of dried papaya seeds can also be applied on the ringworm patches.)
*A paste of mustard seeds should be applied over the patches after washing the skin with hot water.
*Make a paste of butea seeds and mix with a little lime juice. Apply the paste on the affected skin.
*Cassia leaves are known to eliminate the pain and swelling associated with ringworm. The juice of cassia leaves or a paste can be applied on the patches.
*The leaves of holy basil are also useful for treating ringworm. Extract the juice and apply on the patches.
*Take 1-2 pieces of garlic and mash them in an small sheet of aluminum foil. Take the sheet with mashed garlic and apply it on the ringworm patch. Do this two times a day. It might sting, but the ringworm will be gone in less than a week.
*Turmeric is also very effective for ringworm. Apply the juice of raw turmeric on the infected parts. (And you can even take a mixture of turmeric juice and honey orally.)
*Raw vegetable juices, like carrot juice mixed with spinach juice, consumed is also beneficial for ringworm.
*Use bath salt from a drug store, which has high concentration of sea salt in it. Wet the infected parts and apply the sea salt scrub directly on the ringworm. There may be mild tingling, but it won’t irritate a lot. Leave the salt for about 25-30 minutes and then wash off. Re-apply it after some time. Mist the infected part with water to moisten the skin and re-wet the salt. Ringworm will be gone in a few days.
*You can also apply iodine on the ringworm patch. Apply it for a few days till the ringworm is gone.
*Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is also very good for treating ringworm. Rub some extract on the patches, and put a band-aid over it. Full strength extract of grapefruit will irritate the skin slightly, but is a quick remedy for getting rid of ringworm.
*Tea tree oil also works wonders for ringworm. Apply a few drops of tea tree oil on the affected region every day. If it itches, mix a few drops of tea tree oil with some mild oil like coconut or olive oil.

WARNING: Never use peppermint oil on kids. For babies aged up to 12 months, mix a drop of Lavender Essential Oil in a teaspoon of Jojoba Carrier Oil and apply on skin.


Home Remedies For Oily Skin

Home remedies for oily skin

are the only thing that should be used for this problem.

Oils produced by the body help keep skin healthy. But obviously, too much oil can leave your face looking oily.

Home remedies for oily skin

can address this issue without affecting the rest of the bodies health.

Excess oil can also lead to blemishes and acne flare-ups. “Fortunately, there are plenty of

home remedies for oily skin

to help lower oiliness.

Of course you can buy over-the-counter cleansers, cosmetic treatments and prescription lotions, but why pay for those when the simple home remedies for oily skin
work just as well?

Even dermatologists will admit that “cleansing your face in the morning and at night” is the single most effective way to manage oily skin.

Always use a gentle cleanser, since harsh soaps can actually cause the skin to increase oil production. Also, gently wash your face using only your hands because, using a washcloth or buff puff, can actually stimulate more oil to be produced.

Dermotologists recommend using a product that includes an acid, like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or beta-hydroxy acid, if a normal facial cleanser doesn’t work.

Acids help cut oiliness. Many of these products are marketed as acne facial care products.

They work well for people with acne, but they’re also good for people whose problem is just oily skin.

Since some of these ingredients can irritate some people, buy a small size to see how your skin responds. Home remedies for oily skin will not damage your skin either.

You may have to try several products before you find the one that works best for you. Use warm water, not hot, when you wash your face.

Extremes in temperature can also irritate your skin.

Some people like to splash on a skin toner, which can help reduce oiliness, but they tend to irritate the skin and can lead to more oil production.

If you insist on using toners, only use them on oily areas of your skin, like your forehead, nose, and chin. Avoid using them on areas that are dry or you’re likely to create dry patches on your skin.

That’s worth remembering for all your skin care regimens.

There’s a myth that some people have dry skin, and some people have oily skin.

The truth is, most people have a combination of both, oily in some places, dry in others.

If you have oily skin, you may feel like you’re fighting a losing battle to remove the shine from your chin and forehead, but home remedies for oily skin will help balance out the oily and dry.

Your genes play a huge part of your skin and home remedies for oily skin can’t change your DNA. Overly oily skin is often handed down through generations of a family.

But, home remedies for oily skin are easy to use and inexpensive. (In spite of your genes…)

Changes in hormone levels, like the ones that occur during the teen years and early 20s, can cause skin to become oily and trigger acne.

But it’s not just a problem for teenagers and young adults. Many women notice oily skin problems around the time of their menstrual periods, during pregnancy, or even at menopause. Some types of birth control pills can also increase oily skin.

The male hormone “androgen” that controls oil production in the skin, is also a player in producing oily skin.

Even women’s bodies, (the ovaries and the adrenal glands) produce male hormones.

Many women notice that their skin feels oilier around their menstrual cycle and during menopause. This is cause from the fluctuating levels of “androgen.”

The good thing though about oily skin, is that it keeps your skin looking younger. And that’s what every woman wants.

Over time, people with oily skin tend to wrinkle less than people with dry or “normal” skin.

Home Remedies For Oily Skin

Keep your skin clean. Some doctors recommend detergent-type soap, however, other dermatologists say detergent soaps are just too harsh even for oily facial skin. They recommend twice daily cleansing with a glycerin soap.

Use aloe vera. Apply aloe vera gel (available in most stores as well as health-food stores) to your face to absorb oil and clear out pores.

Dab the gel on your face 2-3 times a day (especially after washing), then let it dry. The gel will feel more refreshing if it’s cool, so keep it in the refrigerator.

Carry tissues. Even if you don’t have an astringent with you, paper facial tissues can help soak up excess oils in a pinch.

Use cold water rinses. If you don’t want to apply chemicals to your skin, simply splashing your face with cold water and blotting it dry a couple of times a day can help remove some excess oil.

Don’t use moisturizers. While advertisements are forever urging women to apply facial moisturizers, oily-skinned people shouldn’t use them; their skin is already doing a more than adequate job of keeping itself supple and warding off dryness.

Applying a sunscreen to your face before going outdoors is a very good idea, but; check the labels for products that are designed for oily skin or “noncomedogenic” (meaning they’ll be less likely to plug up pores, which is especially important for oily skin that’s already more susceptible to acne blemishes).

Giving your face a very light scrub can remove excess surface oil.

Try this special almond honey scrub:

Mix a small amount of almond meal (ground almonds) with honey. Then gently massage (don’t scrub) the paste onto your skin with a hot washcloth. Rinse thoroughly.

You can also make a scrub from oatmeal mixed with aloe vera. Rub gently onto the skin, leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash it off thoroughly.

If you suffer from acne on your face, you should probably skip the scrub, since it can irritate your skin.

Masques can reduce oiliness. Clay masques are available, or you can mix Fuller’s Earth (available at pharmacies) with a little water to make a paste. Apply to your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes before thoroughly rinsing off.

Use water-based cosmetics if you can. Learn to live without makeup, or at least without foundation, since it only aids in trapping the oil against your skin and sets the stage for blemishes.

If you feel you have to use makeup, choose water-based products over oil-based types, and opt for spot concealers rather than coating your entire face.

IStick with powder or gel blushers, and avoid cream foundations altogether.

Pull your hair back. It’s best to keep hair away from the face if you are having issues with your skin.

Keep your hands off your face during the day, if you can. Hands deliver excess oil and dirt.

Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers

are simply described as “sores or open lesions in the mouth.”


Mouth ulcers

have several causes, including canker sores, gingivostomatitis, herpes simplex (fever blister), leukoplakia, oral cancer, oral lichen planus (a disease that affects the skin and/or mucosal tissues), and oral thrush.

The skin lesion of histoplasmosis, (an infection that occurs from breathing spores of the fungus) may also appear as a mouth ulcer.

Symptoms vary depending on the specific cause of the

mouth ulcers,

but usually include:

Open sores in the mouth
Pain or discomfort in the mouth

A dentist or health care provider usually diagnoses the type of mouth ulcer, based on its appearance and location. Blood tests or biopsy may be needed to confirm the cause.

Avoid hot or spicy foods, which often increase the pain of mouth ulcers.

Many mouth ulcers are harmless and heal without treatment.

Ulcers usually start as a result of physical damage, from either an allergic reaction or auto immune system response to chemical or biological agents.

When you accidentally bite your tongue or cheek or puncture it with a sharp object, this can start what develops into a mouth ulcer!

A person who has an allergic reaction or auto-immune system response to chemical or biological agents, can initiate the formation of ulcers.

The primary damage takes place underneath the surface, causing cells to die within the connective tissue.

Now there’s a wound in the lining of the mouth. There are many good and bad micro-organisms and bacteria in your mouth, which now have access to the wound.

If too many bad bacteria colonize the wound, they take over and produce toxins, which in turn promote more cell death, causing the ulcer to get larger.

More infection, more pain!

Then, the bacteria lining the mouth ulcers surface can produce a “fibrillous exudate” (covering composed of cells, proteins, or solid material, serum, fibrin, and white blood cells) which effectively makes a protective coating over their new home. (Looks like a whitish covering to the mouth ulcer surface).

This continues until the body’s immune system comes up with the solution and the bad bacteria are controlled.


There are certain types of cancer, (squamous cell carcinoma) however, that first appear as a mouth ulcer that does not heal.

There are also cellulitis of the mouth, from secondary bacterial infection of ulcers and dental infections (tooth abscesses).

See your health care provider if your mouth ulcers don’t go away after 3 weeks, or if mouth ulcers return frequently, or new symptoms develop.

Good oral hygiene may help prevent some types of mouth ulcers, as well as some complications from mouth ulcers.

Good oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth at least twice per day, flossing daily, and getting regular cleanings and examinations.

Mouth ulcers can be avoided by keeping the lining of the mouth as healthy as possible. Here are some things you can add to your diet to build resistance to mouth ulcers.

Amino acids are the building blocks of life, and L-Lysine has been beneficial. Supplements containing a whole range of amino acids are available.

Avoid mouthwashes and toothpaste with anti-microbial action, as they will destroy the good bacteria as well as the bad.

Avoid toothpaste with detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).

Vitamin B12 is particularly beneficial, but it is not stored in the body, so choose a supplement with a slow release.

Coconut oil is a great home remedy for curing mouth ulcers.

Coconut oil has been used for treating and healing sore throats, skin infections, dysentery, fevers and even flu.

But it’s the recent studies that have shown coconut oil to be a great home remedy for mouth ulcers, since it kills certain types of bacteria.

Rub the oil directly on your ulcers twice a day and you should notice a huge difference.

Several mouth washes are thought to kill the mouth ulcer causing bacteria also.

Mix a little tee tree oil in some hot water and gargle twice a day, but DO NOT swallow the mixture, as tee tree can be poisonous.

You can also rub salt or baking soda directly on to the wounds, these ease the pain and discomfort and help shorten the recovery time.

Products containing hyaluranon (hyaluronic acid) help tissue regeneration and can help prevent ulceration. it also helps protect connective tissue.

Add more good bacteria, acidophilus, natural yogurt and pro-biotic supplements to your diet. They are very beneficial.

Products containing xylitol also help get rid of some of the bad bacterias. (e.g. strep, which causes plaque and bad breath)

Author: Steve Berchtold