Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For instance, sleep is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels and balancing hormones that stimulate appetite.
Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and weight gain.
Disturbances in sleep can follow a bizarre pattern. You may have noticed this phenomenon yourself when you wake up during the night at a particular time.
Now I am not speaking about an odd night here and there. Rather, I’m speaking specifically about waking up night after night. So much so, that the nights of sleeping through have now become a distant memory. The idea of going to bed may even be creating anxiety due to the frustration that comes with constant sleep disruption.
Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Castor plant (Ricinus communis), also known as Palma Christi. Castor oil has been used for thousands of years, dating back as far as 4,000 years.
Although castor oil therapy has been used for centuries to promote healing in the body, it was Edgar Cayce who became famous for castor oil packs. He was known as the ‘Sleeping Prophet’, as he would go into a trance state and give health readings to over fourteen thousand people during the course of his life.
He used castor oil packs topically to treat many ailments that resist traditional therapies. Known to conventional medicine only as a strong laxative if taken internally, this extract of the castor bean is a safe, gentle, easy-to-use remedy for virtually any illness – provided it is used externally.
If there was one product I would always recommend you keep, it’s apple cider vinegar (ACV) no doubt. It is probably the most useful liquid I know of after water and lemon juice. But, before you run down the street to get some, make sure its unpasteurized ACV with the ‘mother’.
The word ‘mother’ refers to strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that can often give the vinegar a muddy-like appearance especially at the base of the bottle.
The mother segment is the culture that is usually used to begin the next batch of vinegar. A lot of vinegar manufacturers filter or pasteurize this out so that their products look nicer on the shelf. Do yourself a favour and leave those brands on the shelf.
When I was growing up in the seventies, getting your tonsils removed was definitely the trend among children with sore throats. There wasn’t much thought it seemed about how important tonsils were for our health – rather, it was more the excitement of having ice-cream after the surgery!
Luckily as time moved on, the medical profession has since ‘woken-up’ to the importance of leaving our poor tonsils alone. Getting your tonsils removed (tonsillectomy) is now only performed when patients have frequent and recurrent tonsillitis (usually 5-7 infections a year over the last 2-5 years), which requires repeated courses of antibiotics (if shown to bacterial based- primarily Streptococcus pyogenes) and regular time off from school or work, or if the tonsils are enlarged and block the airways.