Nature’s Most Natural Pain Remedy

 

It is easy to take an over the counter painkiller to relieve a headache, or a muscle relaxer to relieve tension but how many of those pills do you actually take in a day, week or even a month? For most with stressful lives who suffer from tension you probably do not even realise how reliant on them you can become. Something you may not know is that some of those pills may even be causing the recurrence of your pain, for instance, a rebound headache!

Now we all know there are benefits to drinking seven to eight glasses of water a day! But did you know that water is one of nature’s most natural painkillers and works for us in a number of different ways?

  1. Relieves Headaches
    Research has shown that one of the causes of a headache was fatigue and a big cause of fatigue itself is dehydration. Drinking several glasses of water a day also eases and prevents certain types of headaches.
  2. Warm Water Soaks
    Research has shown over the years that warm water soaks work on all sorts of musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, lower back pain, and fibromyalgia. Soaking for a prolonged time and drinking lots of water tends to give longer lasting relief.
  3. Water Births
    Warm water births are becoming more popular as parents are looking for a more natural and drug-free solutions to giving birth. A water birth is said to be very soothing and relaxing for both the mother and baby said to reduce the risk of foetal complications and stress for both mother and child.

There are many different oils and herbs that work well when mixed with water which can help with anything from headaches, sleep; muscle soaks to clearing a head cold.

  1. Detoxing Bath
    Essential oils, when mixed in a nice hot bath or used as a shower gel, can help detox your body by providing various antioxidants have anti-inflammatory benefits which are essential for flushing out impurities from the body for a healthy glowing skin.
  2. Soothing and Relaxing
    Various herbs have been known to create a soothing and calming effect when made into oils or salts and combined in a steamy bath. Helping one to relax and sleep better.
  3. Relieve Anxiety and Stress
    Lavender oil has been used to improve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It is also known for its soothing properties and is great for relieving anxiety and stress.
  4. Fight Colds and Respiratory Problems
    Eucalyptus Soaks and Shower Gels, especially when combined with Lavender are known to help fight off symptoms of the flu, sinusitis and various allergy symptoms.
  5. Aches, pains, memory improvement and digestive health
    looking to ease those muscle pains or a lower back ache Rosemary mixed with lemon in either a shower gel or as a bath soak has been known to help with these. It can also be beneficial to your digestive system and it has been said to improve memory.

So before reaching for those over the counter or prescription painkillers take a moment and give the healing power of water a try. Draw yourself and hot bath and fill it with essential oils, dim the lights and or place some nice candles safely around it. Taking a long fresh class of water with you and maybe a refill jug and go relax in the tub. Remember to drink the water whilst you are in there and not only should it release the pain, ease your tension and relax you but it will leave your skin feeling and smelling great giving you an instant pick me up.



5 Healthier Ways to Cook those Family Favourite Meals

The worst part about getting healthy is that we have to give up all our favourite foods which usually works for about a week or two at the most before we are back to our old habits again. But eating healthy does not always mean we have to give up the foods we love but maybe just change the way we cook or prepare them! Here are some healthier alternatives to a few family favourites.

  1. Banana Pancakes
    Using Bananas, mashed with whisked eggs and you have a pancake batter that is sweet and a lot healthier. To give it an extra boost for more energy you can add some oats to the mixture.
  2. Cauliflower Mash
    Cauliflower as an alternative to mashed potato as it has lower calories and fewer carbohydrates. With a bit of added garlic, a touch of butter, salt, and pepper to taste and maybe some grated cheese over the top even the kids will eat it!
  3. Zucchini Mini Pizza’s
    Use Zucchini instead of a flour base to make mini pizza’s with various toppings, such as puree tomatoes, ham/pepperoni, and cheese.
  4. French Fries
    Instead of cutting these out of your diet altogether a healthier alternative is to bake them using coconut oil which gives them a crisp texture and adds a great flavour.

  1. Pasta Dishes
    there are various vegetables that are great pasta substitutes like Zucchini spirals for spaghetti, butternut squash instead of noodles for macaroni and spaghetti squash for various pasta dishes.

With a few simple changes to the way, we cook our favourite meals we are one step closer to achieving a healthier lifestyle.



BLOG: How to get involved

While MoneySmart Week may be over, there are numerous ways for organizations to continue to participate in the national effort to improve financial literacy, through the National Financial Literacy Strategy.

Any organization which is running, or thinking of running, a financial literacy program is encouraged to visit the National Financial Literacy Strategy website at www.financialliteracy.gov.au and become a Supporter of the Strategy.

Organization are also encouraged to join ASIC’s Financial Literacy Community of Practice. To join, email your details to: financial.literacy.CoP@asic.gov.au. Or to find out more about the Community of Practice, visit www.financialliteracy.gov.au.

Financial Literacy Australia will continue to run the Grants program and activities to help increase organizations’ capacity to deliver financial literacy programs. For more information on applying for grants visit www.finlit.org.au and sign up for the newsletter to get updates.



NEWS: Changes to MSW

Following discussions with ASIC and a strategic review of the activities of Financial Literacy Australia (FLA), we have agreed that now is a sensible time to discontinue MoneySmart Week (MSW) in its current form. Instead ASIC will take advantage of opportunities to promote its financial literacy campaigns and engage stakeholders throughout the year, and provide a focal point for financial literacy in 2015.

This is welcome news. MoneySmart Week was launched to promote awareness of ASIC’s MoneySmart brand and to engage stakeholders in financial literacy. This objective has been achieved, and ASIC is committed to year-round financial literacy promotions and campaigns and engaging stakeholders across all sectors under the new National Financial Literacy Strategy.

Financial Literacy Australia will continue to work with ASIC to build on the foundations of MoneySmart Week in bringing all those who work across the financial literacy community together through working groups, events, the partnership network and the annual Awards.

The annual MoneySmart Week Awards were a highlight of the Week and brought people and organisations together from across sectors to share and celebrate Australia’s best financial literacy resources, programs and research. It is our intention to continue running these Awards, under a new name.

FLA believes that continuing the Awards program complements our work in delivering Financial Literacy Grants to the not-for-profit sector and as an organisation we will now sharpen our focus on efforts to build the capacity of people and organisations to advance financial literacy in Australia.

FLA remains deeply committed to advancing the financial literacy of all Australians and we hope you will stay in touch with us as we commence the next leg of this journey.