Inflammation in the Body & Autoimmune Disease
Chronic inflammation is a popular term these days: our bodies’ natural defense response to cell damage gone haywire, leading to chronic disease if left unaddressed. Since, as with most things in life, this kind of inflammation is happening at the cellular level, chronic inflammation is often invisible and difficult to detect until very unpleasant symptoms and diseases develop.
The inflammatory response is tied to the immune system. Consequently, the diseases that arise from chronic inflammation are often autoimmune in nature. Debilitating illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, IBS, and lupus can develop, lessening our quality of life and even shortening our lifespans. Currently 1 in 5 Americans are suffering from an autoimmune disease, and that number is poised to rise. Chances are that you either know someone or are someone living with an autoimmune disorder.
Currently 1 in 5 Americans are suffering from an autoimmune disease, and that number is poised to rise.
According to the AARDA, “The exact mechanisms causing [autoimmunity] are not completely understood; but bacteria, viruses, toxins, and some drugs may play a role in triggering an autoimmune process.” [1.] Despite how that sounds, this is an encouraging thought. I should also add that many alternative health practitioners, including this one, don’t see any great mystery in the causes behind chronic inflammation and, in turn, autoimmune disease. If there are environmental triggers that contribute to chronic inflammation in the body, then they can be found and potentially eliminated.
6 Ways to Use Your Honey Cleanser
If you've attended one of my workshops on natural skincare, then you've learned how to make a Honey Cleanser for cleansing your skin. Honey Cleansers were the most popular item in my Actually Natural Skincare line. The reason is quite simple. Honey is magic for your face! Not only do these Honey Cleansers smell heavenly and have a rich, beautiful color, but they cleanse without any perfumes, dyes, or synthetic ingredients.
Raw honey just by itself is great for your skin, and has been used in skincare for thousands of years. Honey is known for being:
Unless you're allergic, honey is good for all skin types and can help with many troublesome skin conditions, including chronic acne.
Not only do Honey Cleansers smell heavenly and have a rich, beautiful color, but they cleanse without any perfumes, dyes, or synthetic ingredients.
I use herbs to enhance the already fantastic properties of raw honey. Washing your face, however, is not the only thing that you can use these versatile honeys for. Here are 6 more ways that you can use your jar of Honey Cleanser.
I'm Jennifer Capestany, a clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a practice in North Texas. Helping people deal as naturally as possible with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic illness and other chronic conditions is my calling.