Tea Tree Oil Bath

After my first two weeks at a new labouring job my muscles and skin are feeling tired, worn out, and generally sore.

So, after a nine day working stint, this morning I decided to soak in a tea tree oil bath. And it was magic!

I discovered bathing in tea tree oil whilst at university and working odd gardening and labouring jobs to pay the rent. I had a bottle of tea tree oil to use on cuts and scratches, and decided to add a few drops to the bath.

Now I’m not claiming to have done any thorough research yet on the benefits of tea tree oil, and it may even be a simple placebo effect, but I find having a tea tree oil bath has an awesome relaxing effect on my muscles and skin.

Compared to a normal bath, adding a few drops leaves me so much more relaxed, and it seems to do an excellent job at both relieving surface pain (blisters, bruises etc) as well as deeper pain in tight and heavily used muscles.

Beyond alleviating muscle-pain, one of the known benefits of tea tree oil is that it’s a natural discenfectant – so it can be useful for avoiding infection in cuts, scratches, and blisters.

Tea tree oil is reportedly beneficial in a (large) number of other ways, some of the most significant include:

  • Treating dandruff
  • Treating Atheletes Foot
  • Treating acne
  • Relieving chest congestion and flu symptoms

For me, I find that tea tree oil works well with my body, kick-starts the healing process for my many cuts and scratches, and leaves my muscles feeling relaxed and refreshed after a bath. The fact that it’s also promoting general good skin health and reducing the chances of those other issues listed above is an added bonus.

As well as running a tea tree oil bath and dabbing the oil directly on major cuts, I use tea tree oil when I get sick. I simply pour some boiling water into a bowl, add a few drops of tea tree oil, stick a towel over my head, and breath in the vapour.

As I mentioned, I haven’t done any thorough research on the health benefits of tea tree oil (although that may be a good topic for a future post) – but my experience tells me that a tea tree oil bath can be a great idea – loaded with numerous benefits.

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An Inexpensive Option For Cardio Exercises At Home: Gazelle Edge Trainer

The Gazelle Edge trainer is a basic cross trainer helping to bring many people off the couch. The training has low impact on joints and bones and assembly is easy. A folding mechanism makes the device easy to store. Lots of people love their Gazelle workout. Sounds good doesn’t it? Nevertheless, there is some criticism that future buyers should know.

Brief Gazelle Description

The Gazelle has a rolled steel frame that measures about 43x28x54 inches, foot platforms, and handles. It is unique. Many sellers call it elliptical, but it is different. It does not have several resistance levels to set. The training is a gliding movement like cross-country skiing. Users determine the exercises with speed and body posture. They can walk slowly or run in normal or bent position. Such training is not only cardiovascular; the cross motion of arms and legs trains the whole body. A small computer tracks speed, distance, time, and calorie use. The device provides a weight capacity of 250 lbs.

Pros and Cons

More than thousand four and five star ratings can easily be found on the internet. That tells us: The Gazelle Edge trainer is a bestseller. People express happiness and satisfaction with the Gazelle training. Some simply stride with varying speed and enjoy the cross training. Others use a bit of creativity to find different postures. Many users successfully lost weight with this training. Lots of persons with health issues, e.g. after a knee surgery, appreciate the low impact on joints and bones. People often do the training in front of the TV and call it fun. Many owners explicitly underline the easy assembling as well as the helpful folding mechanism.

There is so overwhelming praise that every critical person will ask for disadvantages. Of course, there are some. The main point of criticism is the computer. It doesn’t seem to track properly or even fails totally. Most of the affected users don’t mind because it does not interfere the training, but potential buyers should know that. A few critics say that the workout is too easy for them. It would be right for beginners, people with health issues, and old persons. That is correct, but there are many advanced athletes who like the Gazelle training as well. Extremely few people complain about pain caused by the training or about the foot platforms. Occasionally squeaking is a point of criticism.

Value For Money

Considering the low price of around 100 Dollars (e.g. Amazon 4-2012), the Gazelle Edge trainer is excellent quality. Most users commenting online are highly satisfied with their tool. Buyers who expect to get an elliptical might be disappointed. The training is unique, but seems to be more fun than with many other devices of cardio exercise equipment. The decision to do cardio exercises at home is beneficial in every case. For most people, easy training with the Gazelle Edge trainer is better than sitting on the couch while watching TV. Last but not least, untrained persons should double check with their doctor before they start any exercises.

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Health Benefits of Green Tea; A look at the research

Green tea has long been consumed for its medicinal value and is known as being high in antioxidants. More recently however, the reasons to drink it are growing as more and more is discovered about the health benefits of green tea; including free-radical scavenging, treating skin disease and promoting healthy skin,  lowering cholesterol which helps reduce the risk of heart disease, and even tooth-decay reducing and potential anti-cancer properties.

Green tea for fighting free-radical damage

A major benefit of green tea is its function as a free-radical scavenger. Today, free-radical damage is a widely known health concern. They are a common cause of ailments associated with aging, as well as many chronic diseases. Free radicals occur with normal body function, as a result of oxidation, as well as environmental factors like toxins in the air and food we eat. They are unpaired molecules, which essentially attack healthy cells and damage DNA – mutating previously healthy cells, which then reproduce and continue to spread. The antioxidant effect of catechines found in green tea targets free radicals, and converts unstable, free-radical damaged molecules back to healthy, stable molecules.

Green Tea to treat skin disease and promote healthy skin

A paper published by Stephen Hsu suggests that green tea may be effective as an alternative topical treatment for skin psoriasis and other skin disease, as well as generally promoting healthy skin. While the report emphasizes the need for further research, experiments using mice suggested that topical treatment with green tea (applying green tea to skin) regulates cell growth, restores the skin barrier, helps to heal wounds, and can improve skin conditions. This skin benefit of green tea is due to polyphenols in green tea, which among other things, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as the ability to inhibit overactive tissue-immune-responses.

Green tea for lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease

Research suggests that drinking green tea can help balance cholesterol levels, and in turn prevent the risk of health issues such as coronary heart disease. In a study, rats were fed a high fat diet which dramatically increased LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and decreased HDL (good) cholesterol levels. They were then fed the same high fat diet, supplemented with green tea. The second diet showed a dramatic decrease in LDL cholesterol and an increase in HDL cholesterol. Furthermore, supplementation of green tea resulted in a decrease in total liver fat retention, with an increase in the amount of fat excreted.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Historical research suggests that green tea helps in the prevention of tooth decay. A five year study was carried out in China, where childrens’ lunches were supplemented with about 100ml of green tea each day. The study showed a significant reduction in tooth-decay and lesions in the children who drank green tea. This dental benefit of green tea is due to the fact that green tea inhibits a plaque-forming enzyme, strengthens tooth enamel, and suppresses the growth of bacteria that produces lactic acid, which in turn melts tooth enamel. This function can partially be explained by the fact that green tea contains high levels of fluoride, however it is suggested that other non-fluoride components of green tea are also responsible.

Potential anti-cancer health benefit of green tea

While further research is needed, there are indications that green tea may have cancer fighting effects. Green tea polyphenols are known to reduce duplication rates of abnormal and damaged cells; cells that are involved in the development of cancer and other diseases. This includes, but not limited to, free radical damage discussed earlier. Another potential cancer-reducing effect of drinking green tea is that it’s believed to induce enzymes in the liver that detoxify carcinogens, leading to a reduced risk of chemicals which are present in the cancer process.

References:

Hsu, S, D. (2008). Green tea: Skin care and skin diseases. In M. S. Meskin, W. R. Bidlack & R. Keith Randolph (Eds.), Phytochemicals: Aging and health (pp. 119-134). CRC Press.
Hara, Y. (2001). Green tea: Health benefits and applications. CRC Press.

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