Olive leaf extract has been shown to help reduce high blood pressure. It is best used for cases of borderline or slightly high blood pressure, or in combination with blood pressure medication (always under the supervision of your doctor). The active constituent in olive leaf is a substance called oleuropein. When you buy an olive leaf extract product it is important to look for one that states its percentage of oleuropein. The average effective dose of olive leaf extract in clinical trials is 136 mg of oleuropein as a total daily dose. Any dose less than that would have questionable results. Doc Robert recommends Prowise Olive Leaf Extract. Two capsules of this provide 180 mg oleuropein, well above the average effective dose. Olive leaf extract is well tolerated, producing no serious side-effects, in contrast to conventional medications. There may be only occasional mild side-effects such as gastrointestinal discomfort if you are sensitive to the product. One word of caution: olive leaf may laoer your blood sugar, so if you are diabetic, or already taking blood pressure medication, please consult your doctor before taking olive leaf.
Reference: Hendrix M.S. Hypertension – Clinically proven natural alternatives for treating high blood pressure. Evidence-Based Use of Supplements, February 2019.
Everybody knows the experience of muscular aches and pains. Tension caused by stress, overuse and poor posture are among the most common causes. When we experience this kind of pain, massage is the first thing we instinctively feel the need for: we put our hands on the sore part and press, knead or rub it! But not all areas are easily accessible and it is not always possible to find a willing partner or friend to do it for us. A hand-held electrical massager is the answer! This RENPHO deep tissue massager is excellent and real value for money. It comes with five different massage heads for different body areas and personal preferences (try them all!). With three intensity settings (for vibration frequency) and four modes from continuous through slow intermittent to fast intermittent, it allows for a wide range of different needs. While perhaps not powerful enough to please some body-building folk, Doc Robert’s consultant osteopath reports that this device is very well suited to provide relief for most common muscle aches and pains in most people.
IF YOU HAVE PERSISTENT MUSCLE PAIN CONSULT YOUR PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.
How Not to Worry! is a must have book for persistent worriers. Written by Robert Hale, a health practitioner of 25 years experience and a Masters Degree in Health Psychology, this book gives you all the tools you need to beat worry in a concise and easy-to-read format. It begins with a general introduction about worry, proceeds with descriptions of the different “worry goblins” that live in people’s heads, following which chapter three gives instructions on “how to change your mind” to worry less. The last chapter is a list of inspirational quotes about worry from thousands of years ago to the present day. Doc Robert highly recommends this book to all youy worriers!
Many people experience sleep disturbances at one time or another in their life. One of the most effective natural methods that Doc Robert knows to boost sleep quality is to put a few drops (1-5 depending on your sensitivity) on your pillow at night. Lavender oil is remarkably kind, with few cautions to note. However it is NOT recommended is if you are affected by sleep apnoea, and please don’t use it if you take other insomnia or sedative medication, as the effect might be too great.
Lavender oil may also be added to your bath water (a few drops), used in an essence burner (a few drops in water) to diffuse into the air, or added to a carrier oil such as sweet almond or coconut oil for massages (5 ml lavander oil to 100 ml carrier oil).
Improved sleep is not the only potential benefit of using lavender oil. Research has found that it may also improve the symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduce pain, reduce the severity menstrual cramps.
Finally, aromatherapists recommend using lavender oil undiluted on minor burns, as it appears both to reduce the pain associated with them and quicken the healing process.
Did you know that chili’s can help you fight chronic pain? A molecule found in chili peppers called capsaicin is effective in reducing pain. It works by modulating the transmission of pain signals by the nervous system. Creams containing capaicin are available. A small quantity of cream is simply massaged into the painful area two or three times a day. Avoid use on open wounds. Capsaicin is an irritant to the eyes, nose and mouth, so avoid touching these areas with cream on your hands! It might take a few days for the effect to become apparent, so be persistent. Your skin may become red after applying the cream but that is a temporary effect. Of course in the rare event that you notice any kind of rash appearing, you should stop using the cream.