The news that Americans are overtreated in hospitals during their final days probably doesn't surprise many of us. Western medicine is often criticized for turning to prescription solutions when a natural approach would be just as effective. Here are five common ailments and the natural remedies that can ease them. Use common sense, though, and always remember to check with your doctor before starting on any course of treatment.
Tiger bone was traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat pain, but Tiger Balm is a topical treatment made of herbal ingredients that was originally developed in the 1870s. It can treat headaches, as well as muscle aches and mosquito bites. Aromatherapy can also help for a mild headache. Try massaging a couple drops of lavender oil on your temples.
2. Cold and Flu
Because it seems so out of place, there's something particularly vexing about a summer cold. Though results are mixed, some studies have shown echinacea can shorten colds. At your
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Mon, Jun 28, 2010 3:29 PM EDT
The news that Americans are overtreated in hospitals during their final days probably doesn't surprise many of us. Western medicine is often criticized for turning to prescription solutions when a natural approach would be just as effective. Here are five common ailments and the natural remedies that can ease them. Use common sense, though, and always remember to check with your doctor before starting on any course of treatment.Read More »from Make over your medicine cabinet: Holistic remedies for five common ailments
Hello, weekend. Boy, are we glad to see you. If you don't already have a jam-packed weekend, or if you're looking for some ways to have fun that don't involve a $45 ticket to the water park, read on. We've got ten feel-good, budget-friendly ideas for fun in the sun (or the air-conditioning).
There's something for everyone here, and that's no small task when it comes to dresses. Whether you're looking for something to flatter your bombshell figure, want a dress that's ankle-skimming, or are open to anything as long as it will keep you cool on the next scorcher and is is way less than a b
Like many moms, Joy does doubled-duty as a full-time employee and full-time mom. "I need a little time back for me," Joy pleads. "Holly, I need your help." The Real-Life Makeover team comes to the rescue with what we think every mom needs: a personal wardrobe fairy godmother. Stylist Gigi Berry shows Joy--and the rest of us--how to put a look that makes us feel good without spending too much time (or money) doing it.Read More »from Wardrobe fairy godmother to the rescue
You probably already broke out the shorts and the sunscreen weeks ago, but today marks the first official day of summer. In an effort to enjoy every little moment of these all-too-brief days of surf and sunshine, we've put together a laundry list of some of our very favorite summer delights. Add yours in the comments!
- lemonade stands
- whirring vintage fans
- wildflowers by the highway
- grilled burgers, steaks, fish, fruit...
- summer thunderstorms
- the long, lingering daylight hours
- the return of Mad Men
- napping in a hammock
- sunglasses as headbands
- the smell of sunscreen on kids
- farmer's markets at their most glorious
- a chelada on a hot day
- daytrips to the beach (and the reminder of it with sand everywhere)
- iced tea out of mason jars
- halter top strings dangling
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Fri, Jun 18, 2010 3:45 PM EDT
Given the wrong set of circumstances, holidays are like an emotional pressure cooker. Take Christmas, for instance. If you're mourning any kind of loss in December, the relentlessly cheery carols and elves are like fingernails on a chalkboard for the grieving. We don't want to think about glitter and bows and sugar plum fairies--we're just sad.Read More »from POLL: How do you deal on Father's Day without your dad?
This is the case for many of us on Father's Day. The farthest thing from our minds is a day at the grill with old pops, chowing down on burgers and laughing into the sunset. Whether your father has passed away or has never played much a figure in your life at all, it can feel like the department store commercials for polo shirts and electronics just won't go away.
That's the problem with the advertisements and movies that surround certain holidays: the images are unrealistic, and there's no space for how we really feel. We should be gathered 'round a campfire, holding hands and singing Kumbaya. But for many of us, the realities of divorce,
Diane is a super energetic mom who still keeps up with her three teenage kids. But the gang is beginning to look a little too much alike, with Diane wearing clothes that would be better suited to the kids. Sounds like a Real-Like Makeover candidate if we ever heard one. Hollywood stylist Gigi Berry comes to the rescue with age-appropriate wardrobe ideas that are every bit as comfortable but way more fashionable.Read More »from Makeover my summer style
Over the past year, the Shine Beauty Gurus have tried out and reviewed a variety of products--some of which they loved, and some of which they didn't care for. The fun thing about cosmetics and beauty products is that you can reinvent yourself with one swipe of liquid eyeliner or chopping some bangs
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Thu, Jun 17, 2010 4:06 PM EDT
Our girl crush, Jillian Michaels, has a new makeover show on which she will do whatever it takes to help you change your life. That means hours of sweaty workouts, dredging up the past, and lots and lots of tears. And despite the rocky start of the predictable (and slightly awkward) premiere episode, we find ourselves kind of won over by this show. Yes, it is manufactured sentimentalism, but we're willing to look past that because of Jillian herself: girl is real. And if she's just acting like she cares about these people's emotional, mental, and physical well-being, she might as well join the ranks of Meryl Streep. Here, our favorite takeaways from what could possibly be our new favorite tear-jerker show:Read More »from 5 things Jillian Michaels wants us to learn from "Losing It"
The idea of change is exciting. The work of change? Not so much.
Three episodes in, there's something it appears we can count on: Even though these people have willingly volunteered themselves as makeover subjects for this show, when Jillian calls from her iPhone and says, "I'm in
Of all the seasons, summer's got the best goods. When we're not battling snow and rain, the distance to look super cute is that much shorter. Even on the steamiest days, looking cool is just a matter of throwing on a pretty sundress and calling it a day. Here we've collected the summer essentials you'll need (and the bag to throw them in) to transform into a summery beach babe.
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