Many people suffer with Lupus headaches and related skin ulcers. Acetaminophen, which can be taken with food or without, seems to work best at alleviating these nuisances. Research shows that getting plenty of rest and staying stress free can help to prevent many flares that cause excruciating pain. Alka Seltzer in the bath works wonders for some. Jacuzzi soaks will help to relax and comfort aching muscles and joints. If you do not have access to a jacuzzi, Bed Bath and Beyond have bath mats that I've found can achieve the same miraculous feeling results. Try rubbing itchy skin ulcers with the soft head of a q-tip instead of using fingernails to scratch, since they work just as well yet carry the risk of fewer germs and cuts.

Throat, chest, skin ulcerations, and joint pain can occur regularly in Lupus patients. While Halls and Vicks sometimes do the trick, hot green tea can aid in combatting these problems. Eucerin lotion with a top coat of pure lanolin is soothing for chest, back, and outer vaginal ulcers. Some creams, which can be purchased over the counter for yeast infections, are also said to soothe some of the related ulcer itchiness. Additionally, Maracuja or passion fruit massage oil may relax and ease the intense pain in joints.

Other natural remedies for fever and pain include Clavo and Tayuya, which supports the central nervous system. Cayaponia tayuya is also anti-inflammatory, therefore an exceptional rain forest plant for Lupus sufferers to look into utilizing. Aromatherapy during massage is another option to try.

   Authored by Melissa C. Wilson



   A muscle cramp or spasm is a sudden, uncontrolled contraction of a muscle. This type of pain is most commonly experienced in the legs, and therefore often called a leg cramp or a "charley horse."

    The exact cause of a leg cramp is not completely understood, but there are some factors that are thought to contribute to this condition:

• Muscle fatigue
• Heavy exercising
• Dehydration
• High weight (not necessarily obesity)
• Electrolyte imbalances
• Medications (statins, prednisone, others...)

    The most common cause that is typically seen in patients who develop leg cramps is exercising in an unusual way, meaning either more activity or a different exercise. Leg cramps are more common in young (adolescent age) and older (over 65) patients. Patients who weigh more are more prone to developing leg cramps. Also, some medications can cause side effects of leg cramping.

   'Charley-horses' is the first place your body targets when you are dehydrated. Drink lots of water! I recommend purified water and Mineral Water mixed 50/50. The Mineral Water is going to put back into the muscles the minerals they are losing on a daily basis. You must drink beyond your thirst to get the benefits of hydration.

    I suggest that adults and children drink 40 ounces of water per 100 pounds of body weight every day. Realize that exercise, ambient temperature, and state of health affect the water needs of your body.

    In the evening take a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom salts and soak for 30 minutes. Afterwards, if you have something shaped like a cylinder and made out of hard material (think of a large rolling pin you would use for pizza dough or something) place it under your leg and push down and roll it back and forth...this should massage the spasms out of your leg. It will hurt while you're doing it, but more so the type of pain that actually feels good, in the long run. Afterwards massage an analgesic cream into the area. You will start feeling better very quickly.

    Take 500mg of calcium and magnesium every evening. This will help stop the cramping as these minerals have a significant relaxing affect on the muscles.

    Eat a diet with lots of fresh green vegetables. These vegetables uncooked have tremendous amounts of minerals that will feed the muscles. Today's diet is greatly lacking in fresh vegetables and fruits. The water that's contained in vegetables and fruit has the greatest absorption of minerals into the body.

    I strongly recommend that people take a digestive enzymes capsule every time they eat to optimize the absorption of the foods they are consuming. Without enzymes your body cannot absorb food. This is one of the reasons that people are constantly hungry - their body is no longer producing enzymes in their stomach. This is common nowadays because of lifestyle (consuming fast food daily) and illnesses.

    If you find this problem continuing you should see your medical doctor because it's possible it could be a more serious problem and will need medical investigation.

Cherokee Bille

    You can also view more information at our medical sister web site: .   Herbally chamomile, yarrow, chaparral, blue cohosh are herbal supplements used to prevent cramping.

The herb commonly known as Horehound, marrubium vulgare, ( now you know where 'vulgar' came from) became one of the first herbs used in ancient times when there were signs of cold or sore throat. Horehound is a very bitter herb and was very repulsive to use as a tea which was the historical use of this herb.

The taste of Horehound made many decide to state " I would  rather take my chances with the cold than drink that stuff". Well out of necessity comes innovation so here is the story of the popular and often used "horehound candy".


Originally water was boiled and the leaves of Horehound were steeped in the hot water until it was a tea. As mentioned previously the tea was so bitter that hardly anyone would drink it.

In ancient times sugar was a spice and few could afford it so not an option to sweeten the tea, unless someone were lucky enough to have robbed a honey bee hive. Soon the Gentry realized one way to pacify the peasant masses was to make sugar an affordable spice so the masses would have a spice to flavor the often poor selection of foods available to them.

Horehound tea benefited from the abundance of sugar and before long the peasantry were taking the extremely bitter tea and cooking it down in a sugar mixture. It did not take long though before the best way to administer the herb horehound was to make a candy stick and let the patient suck on it. The effect of diminishing coughs was a great benefit and the addition of the sugar made it desirable.

Now when you go to the drugstore and see the "horehound cough drops" you will know the origin of tea to medicinal candy.                                  

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     Plant                          or                       Spice blend?

    The Curry plant is one plant that we have so many people get confused over at HerbFest. It has a delightful gray foliage ( perfect for a moonlight garden), and the fragrance is tremendous.  Upon one whiff you want to eat it. BUT DON'T - it is a disgusting taste similar to a stew of pine needles!  Perfect for landscaping such as knot gardens or on walkway and as mentioned as a moonlight garden plant.

    Our sister site is now offering aromatherapy patches for you.   You can see the abundance of patches now being offered.  All of these patches use essential oils in a self adhering patch for long lasting effect.

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