Amazon and eBay are out; I've read too many angry reviews from customers who received counterfeit or watered down shea butter. I tried Mountain Rose Herbs, but had a HORRIBLE experience with their customer service that I'm still trying to resolve. Everywhere else I've looked sells only refined shea butter products.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
For as long as I can remember, I've had issues with anxiety and depression. Doctors, counselors, and psychiatrists all refuse to acknowledge the possibility that there is something going on chemically that could be causing it, so I'm taking matters into my own hands. I can't keep panicking in the grocery store and sneaking out at 2 A.M. to check my mail so that nobody sees me.
St. John's Wort came highly recommended by several close friends of mine, but I'm also on allergy medicine (fexofenadine) because my pets make me sneeze. I read online that St. John's Wort can have negative interactions with fexofenadine, so I went to talk to my doctor about if I should take the wort anyway, switch allergy medicines, or maybe find an alternative to the wort. The doctor told me that St. John's Wort decreases the effectiveness ALL allergy medicines except for Flonase nasal spray, but it is safe to take fexofenadine every 12 hours. Then the doctor told me that if I really want to take the St. John's Wort, I should do a one week trial just to see if it messes with my allergies, and if it does, then to stop taking it. I asked if there was something else I could take for the depression if St. John's Wort interferes, and the doctor dodged the question. I didn't press the issue because doctors are authority figures and those scare me.
Lucky for me, a close friend of mine recommended this community to me. I'm still in the initial trial of the St. John's Wort, and so far so good. I also intend to do a second week (if the first week goes badly) taking two fexofenadine tablets a day. If my allergies are still too awful to live with, then I need to find something else to level out my moods that won't interfere with the allergy medicine.
I am a Reproductive Biology student and me and my group are currently carrying out a survey-based research on the effects of herbs and natural supplements on female reproductive health. If you are a woman (or have female reproductive system), and you ever took or are taking natural supplements for reproductive health related issues, please spare few minutes by filling out the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14vhpzC
We need as many respondents as possible (as bigger samples always make the results more reliable), so don't hesitate to share it with others if you know they are in our target group (so a) they are women/have female reproductive system and b) have ever taken natural supplements).
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x-posted to no_poo
I thought this might be a good place to come.
We just found a ground wasp nest in our yard. We want to get rid of it, but I am not comfortable with standard poison sprays. Anyone used something a bit more environment/kid/animal friendly with any success?
My standard course of action is to pop some cranberry tablets, drink lots of water and cut out sugar. I'd like to do a little something more though, because I don't want to have to take another round of antibiotics.
I was thinking about trying vinegar but everything I find about it online specifically says apple cider vinegar. I only have distilled white and red wine vinegars -- does anyone know if these will work as well? Is it something in ACV that helps or just the acidity?
I also found a glowing review of garlic, anyone have any experience with that?
Any other suggestions? This is getting really, really old.
I moved into a new apartment a few months ago and the shelves above the closet smell bad. I can't get rid of the odor even though I've wiped it down thoroughly with soap & water, aired it out for a week, and then left a cookie tray covered with baking soda in there to absorb any remaining odor for at least 2 months. A friend who smelled it as well feels that it might be caused by mold, so I decided to treat it as if it is mold, to see if it helps. Of course I wouldn't do this unless I felt that there are no negative consequences, so I've done some online research about natural, safe mold treatments and it seems that spraying the area with tea tree oil & water is probably the most effective and also pretty safe.
I just want to verify with you all that it is in fact safe, and any reasonable precautions I can take to ensure that it doesn't harm us. I don't use essential oils very often except adding lavender to my deodorant spray, and I've heard warnings about various essential oils as far as using them properly to ensure safety. What precautions should we take around tea tree oil?
We have no pets or children, it's just my partner and me in the apartment. Neither of us have any significant health issues that make us especially sensitive to any essential oils that I know of.
Also, the recipes I've found for the mold spray all say to simply mix cold water with tea tree oil by shaking them together in a spray bottle. This doesn't make sense to me because I know oil and water don't mix easily; wouldn't they separate and then it wouldn't be the proper proportion? I would assume this would be too watery, since the oil will float to the surface and the sprayer mechanism draws from the bottom of the bottle. I have a vague memory of reading about a process by which you heat (perhaps to a boil) water and essential oil so that they stay mixed. Is this not necessary for my purposes, or are the recipes I found just ignorant of this issue?
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