The Wonderful World of Hemorrhoids: The Complete Guide to Getting Piles to Go Away


Okay, so hemorrhoids is difficult to spell and pretty gross looking (there’s a definite reason that there are no photos of hemorrhoids enclosed in this post) but around 70% of the population will experience hemorrhoids before the age of 50. Both men AND women (but men are more likely to visit the doctor to figure out what’s happening down there).


In fact, hemorrhoids are a normal part of your anatomy (veins around URANUS). It’s when they become swollen or inflamed that they are a problem. Then they start going by the name PILES. Piles are related to vericose veins….the veins have become stretched due to pressure (usually from straining).


Fun fact: in Ayurveda piles is called Arsha Shoola which means “like needles pricking pain.”


Helpful dietary changes are:
*Immediatly stop eating fatty foods and alcohol.

*Start eating easy to digest fiber:
Whole juicy fruits (especially berries and watermelon)
Rice (white and brown)

*Eat a banana on an empty stomach every day (if you’re bleeding, eat 3)

*A weird thing you can do that will help your digestion a lot is to soak dried figs in warm water overnight and then eat them first thing in the A.M.

*Drink a mixture of lemon, ginger, honey and mint.

*Other good drinks are apple juice and cranberry juice

*Try wheatgrass juice, too. (Great for detoxifying the body)

*In general greatly increase your water intake

*Vitamin C is great for vein health so taking vitamin C supplements can help.


*Try to also up your intake of anthocyanins to strengthen your veins.
These include dark red berries, blueberries, cherries, and red grapes.

*Take probiotics

Herbs that can help:
*Ginko Biloba
*Butchers Broom
*Triphala (an ayurvedic herb)


Lifestyle changes that can help:
*Get your body moving. Obesity and sedentary lifestyle are major contributing factors to inflamed hemorrhoids.

*Taking a morning walk is EXCELLENT for dealing with this situation

*Walking in general is THE BEST treatment for piles. Not only does it alleviate symptoms it can reduce stress and anger which are very aggravating to hemorrhoids.


*Also: don’t sit on the toilet too long (don’t hang out and read in the bathroom….places stress and extra pressure on the hemorrhoids)

*Use witch hazel on the area after wiping (add chamomile, frankincense and myrrh essential oils for quick healing)


*Rub rosemary & marjoram essential oils on abdomen

*Take a 15-20min bath with juniper, cypress, and lavender. (Relieves pain and shrinks hemorrhoids)

*Lots of nice warm showers

*Make sure to take breaks from sitting to get up and walk around and stretch.


Here are some yoga stretches to try:
*Legs up the wall
*Shoulder stand
*Wind relieving pose
*Fish pose
*Garland pose
*Standing forward bend
*Childs pose

In Chinese medicine one cause of piles is blood stasis.
Here are some helpful acupressure points:




*It’s important to balance your root chakra to recover from hemorrhoid damage.


Malady Monday: Eczema


Atopic dermatitis AKA Eczema is always itchy

(if it’s not itchy then it’s not eczema, it’s something else called Keratosis Pilaris (KP))

It’s a chronic allergic condition characterized by areas of itchy, scaly rashes. 


In ayurveda eczema is also called vicharchika.

There are 3 kinds:
Vata: DRY usually accompanied by constipation & anxiety; aggravated by cold and relieved with sesame oil

Pitta: INFLAMED red and burning; aggravated by heat

Kapha: MOIST cold, sticky, oozing, swollen; aggravated by dairy, oil, and sugar

Most common version is PITTA.


What helps all 3 kinds of eczema:
Turmeric (anti-inflammatory) Sandalwood

For chronic eczema take licorice after you have finished detoxing with triphala (take triphala at night)

Externally use ghee, aloe vera, turmeric, neem*, and tulsi

*NEEM: relieves pain and protects from secondary infection

Vata eczema
⊙Sign of dehydration

⊙Use sesame oil externally

⊙Take castor oil internally

⊙Eat sweet, sour, and salty foods

⊙Take triphala, guggol, cardamom

⊙Use ghee with triphala, neem, and cardamom

Pitta eczema
⊙Avoid dairy, nightshades, oranges, peaches, strawberries

⊙Also avoid sun and heat

⊙Eat sweet, bitter, and astringent foods

⊙Drink coconut juice

⊙Internal: burdock, neem, dandelion, triphala, gotu kola, sandalwood, aloe, and amalaki

⊙External: rose water, coconut juice, aloe, gotu kola, sandalwood oil, neem, and turmeric

Kapha eczema
⊙Sign of poor digestion

⊙Avoid heavy, greasy, and oily foods (especially cheese & yogurt)

⊙Eat pungent, bitter, and astringent foods

⊙Internal: thyme, triphala, ginger, cardamom, gotu kola, and dandelion

⊙External: turmeric, neem, and chamomile


Did you know your skin is your largest organ of elimination? So, if you are having skin problems you need to change what is going into your body.


⊙Perform a liver cleanse

⊙Follow anti-inflammatory diet

⊙Eat grass fed animals vs. Grain fed (acid producing)

⊙Avoid caffeine

⊙Eliminate milk which irritates your immune system

Try to get more sulfur into your diet (eczema can be caused by a sulfur deficiency)

⊙Avoid shellfish (makes you itchy), hot spicy foods (adds dryness), and excess sugar and starch (adds dampness)

You can make a homemade salt and magnesium spray (magnesium flakes + Himalayan crystal salt)
Or take baths in the same solution


Essential Oils
Try using calendula lotion
Also try calendula tea + 5 drops of lavender oil 2x per day.

Other essential oils that can help are:
Bergamot, eucalyptus, juniper, Roman chamomile, lavender, & rosemary


Oils and Vitamins
Add GLAs (gamma-linolenic acids) to your diet with Borage oil and Evening Primrose Oil (500mg, 2x per day)

Also add Omega-3s

Take fermented cod liver oil

Take vitamin c, vitamin d, and vitamin e


Don’t use soap and avoid wool
Wear cotton-lined gloves when washing dishes



Let me know in the comments some things that have helped you find relief and healing from eczema.

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Holistic Help for Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

KP (keratosis pilaris)

Aka chicken skin or goose flesh

Affects 50% of adolescents–more women than men

(usually clears up by age of 30)

Also affects 40% of adults

Affects people who have Celtic backgrounds

Similar to eczema only not itchy

Caused by hyperkeratinization (over production of keratin: it multiplies faster than it sheds) around hair follicles on skin


Keratin is the hard protein that strengthens hair and nails.

KP is acne-like and accumulates on upper arms, thighs, and buttocks.

It’s a vata, dry skin condition

Moisturizing skin is key to treating KP

Massage with sesame oil

Coconut oil (especially combined with ACV)

Magnesium oil


Also Exfoliate


Exfoliating improves circulation, prevents clogging of dead skin cells, and removes build up of keratin

*Do not rub hard and cause irritation (or body will protect itself by producing MORE keratin!!)

Use coconut oil and sugar to scrub body

Also make sure to dry brush before every shower!


Do a liver detox (liver blood is not nourishing your skin)


Use a humidifier in the winter


Corn products


Dairy (KP is often caused by an intolerance to casein “dairy proteins”)

Try to eliminate dairy first for 6 weeks

And then meat for 6 weeks before reintroducing

See if you notice a difference

In body care avoid sodium lauryl sulfate



ACV (apple cider vinegar)

Magnesium (100-300mg)

*Vitamin C (reduces inflamation and ingrown hairs)


Borage oil

**Cod liver oil

Vitamin D

Vitamin K2

Most importantly:


Vitamin A

The most widely recognized nutritional deficiency of recent times

Take MORE Vitamin A in cold weather

Eat cows liver & egg yolks (which also contain Vitamin D)







Plenty of water (3 liters)

1 pint of carrot juice every day

Raw milk instead of regular milk


Ghee (clarified butter)

Omega-3s (Fish oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds)

More greens (your body needs more chlorophyll)


I have personally struggled with KP ever since I can remember so I’ve been wanting to do this research for a looooooong time.

Let me know which things help you!
Remember it’s important to heal your body from the inside out!

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Malady Monday: Do you have a health issue you’d like me to research?

You can now quickly access all of my nutrition research articles by going to my menu and clicking on Malady Monday.

You can also find them all on Facebook in my new nutrition research album!

If you are interested in having me research a health issue for you, I would love to do so!

Through the end of the year I will only charge $25 (a $100 value: you’ll save $75!)

I research from all perspectives (Ayurvedic, TCM, naturopathic, Chinese medicine, etc.)

I will give you a complete report full of diet and lifestyle advice (and even simple exercises!) to help you get healthy!

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Holistic Health: Nutrition for Crohn’s Disease

20131002-121609.jpgA friend of mine has Crohn’s Disease and wanted to know what she should eat and what she should avoid.

Crohn’s is a form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome so the following diet is gentle on your digestive system and will boost your immune system.

Important tips for dealing with Crohns:

•Low fat

•low fiber

•Lots of protein

•more vitamins

•Small meals

•Drink plenty of water

•No smoking: greatly irritates your system.

Smoking increases your risk of developing Crohn’s disease, and once you have it, smoking can make the condition worse. People with Crohn’s disease who smoke are more likely to have relapses, need medications and repeat surgeries. Quitting smoking can improve the overall health of your digestive tract, as well as provide many other health benefits.

Avoid common allergens:
•Wheat, gluten, and yeast

•Avoid sweets, alcohol, coffee, and cold drinks

•Limit dairy (use lactaid to help body digest milk enzymes)

Add to your diet:
•Fish oil from salmon and sardines

•Eat a little fresh fruit (especially apples, pears and kiwi)

kiwi has more vitamin c than oranges!

•Unsweetened applesauce


•Cooked carrots

•Potatoes (without their skin) ((good source of potassium))

•Cereals that are low in fiber (corn flakes, Rice Krispies)

If you can handle dairy:

Ensure or other liquid meals with lots of nutrients can help

Yogurt with probiotics or Kefir

Also, Swiss and cheddar cheeses will be easier for your body to digest

Spices to Add:
Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, oregano

Make Sure to Drink:
•peppermint tea

•Pomegranate juice


•Lots of water

•NEED B vitamins

•Vitamin D (3,000-4,000 IU)

•cod liver oil: 2 teaspoons has vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium

•probiotics (50+billion)


•Coenzyme Q10

•Omega 3s


Marshmallow root, slippery elm, aloe vera, Evening primrose oil

Yoga poses that will help:

•Spinal twists


•Standing forward bend

I hope this helps!
Let me know if you have any questions or anything to add.

PS: this is a wonderful Crohns blog.

And here’s a handy shopping list!

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Holistic Health: More Energy While Pregnant and Breastfeeding


I wrote this article in response to a question I was asked by a woman in Denmark.

She is currently nursing and has found out she is pregnant again. Now she has hardly any energy and she wanted to know what would help.

What I researched were things that will help you have more energy and also you’ll produce enough milk for breastfeeding.


•Go for walks with the baby

•Try to rest as much as you possibly can (helps milk production)


•Eat every 3 hours

•You need a LOT of extra calories (at LEAST 500 extra- aim for 800)

•Try to have 4 servings of high-quality (organic) protein (80+ grams)

•6 servings of calcium

•folic acid

•30 mg iron


•vitamin k (in leafy green veggies),


Add coconut oil to your life in every way you can think of- cooking, in smoothies, on your skin (also, get a lot of massage)
From an Ayurvedic perspective, you need to have more kapha in your life (food and environment):

((think warm and oily instead of cold and dry))

•Avoid cold drinks

•No caffeine (focus on getting energy from protein)

•No processed foods or junk foods

•Avoid soy

Eat for energy
•Whole grains, brown rice, lentils, cooked veggies, Avocado, carrots, Leafy greens (spinach, kale)

•fruit (blueberries are great), melons will keep you hydrated

•Greek yogurt with walnuts, warm cereal (add blackstrap molasses to sweeten and add iron)

•eggs (Make a bunch of hardboiled eggs and have one or two for breakfast), Salmon, lean beef (organic)

•black beans & kidney beans (cooked with black pepper, cumin, &fennel to avoid bloating)

•3-4 cups of warm milk with honey every day

•Lots of hot water: about 13 glasses (pee should never get dark)

•Tea with Red raspberry, Peppermint, &Nettle

•Almond milk


More herbs for breastfeeding.

An acupressure point that can help breastfeeding.

•A pretty cool article about postpartum you might find helpful.

•A holistic mom website you might be interested in.

I hope all of this helps :)
Let me know if you have any questions!!

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Detox for Pitta: Ayurveda


Too much Pitta:
Fever, inflammation, indigestion, rashes, ulcers, body odor, acidity, breakouts….

The focus of your pitta detox is:
cleansing of the blood and liver

Helpful detox herbs for pitta:
Neem. Neem is powerful for eliminating toxins in the blood. It is anti-viral & anti-bacterial.
(Use neem oil and neem soap)

Amalaki. Amalaki keeps your colon clean. It’s great for detoxing and rich in antioxidants (supports the immune system)


Guidelines for Detox:
Wake up around 6 AM
Sleep by 10 P

In the morning massage your body with warm sunflower or coconut oil.
Follow your massage with a cool shower or bath with neroli, sandalwood, or eucalyptus oil.

Start your day with a glass of warm (not hot) water.

Avoid strenuous exercise.
Exercise in the cool morning or evening (not in the heat of the day)
A 20-30 min walk in the morning is great. Breathe deeply.
Exercise with softness and compassion.
Forward bends will cool you.
Moon salutations will balance you.
Spinal twists will massage your liver and spleen.

Wear blues and purples and whites.
Get plenty of rest.
Take breaks during the day. Meditate or sing.

Best days for detox juice fast are Tuesday & Sunday
Only fast for 3 consecutive meals

**Do not skimp on QUANTITY**
((You will get grumpy!!))

As soon as you lose energy and get hungry: eat rice
When rice is no longer enough (still hungry): eat kitchari

Eat only when hungry.
Settle yourself before and after you eat.
Pay attention to your food when you eat. (No distractions)
Always leave room after you eat to help with digestion (only eat 3/4 your stomach capacity)
**Do not overeat while detoxing.

Largest meal at lunch
Good to eat at about the same time everyday.
**Do not skip meals while detoxing.

The juice:
Drink pomegranate, carrot, and lime juices.
Add lemon and honey and pepper.

Dandelion tea will help your liver release bile (helps with digestion and detox)
Also drink plenty of cool water (not cold)

Stay hydrated.

Eat: ((you can add these to your juices, as well and then eat them whole (in soups or cooked NOT RAW) when you are ready for food, again))
Veggies: lots of romaine and celery, collards, kale, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cabbage
Fruits: melons, plums, peaches, cooked prunes, figs, apple, pears, pineapple, papaya
Grains: quinoa, barley, amaranth, rice

Spices to add to EVERYTHING:
Cumin, coriander, fennel, turmeric, ginger, fenugreek

Hot, spicy, fermented, salty, oily, fried, caffeine, alcohol
Avoid heavy dairy (cheese, yogurt)
Raw foods, heavy desserts

Kitchari recipe for pitta
1/2 c mung dal (yellow not green)
1 c basmati rice
3 c water
3 T ghee
1 inch piece of ginger peeled and cut finely
1 t coconut
1 t fennel
1 t cilantro
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 t turmeric
And pick 2 veggies (1 c of each): green beans, carrots, peas, cauliflower

Wash rice and dal well (rinse, strain, rinse, strain)
Cook in water till only 1/2 the water is left
While cooking roast all of the spices in the ghee.
Once roasted, add the veggies.
Add to the rice and dal. Cook till ALL of the water is absorbed. ((Approximately 35-40 min)


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Restless Legs (RLS) aka Ekbom Syndrome: A Holistic, Helpful Approach

20130127-113343.jpgRestless Legs Syndrome
2nd most common sleep disorder after sleep apnea.
Neurological movement disorder.
Overwhelming need to move or jerk legs (sometimes called “jumpy limbs”)–uncomfortable and distressing sensations deep in muscles.

Worse in late evening–legs are active at inopportune times: the more tired you get, the more energy goes into your legs.
Caused by hormones or hereditary.

Most prevalent in females (interestingly most prevalent in French Canadians!!)
Especially common in pregnant women (40%!)

Because it’s directly related to sciatic nerve it can be a side effect of sciatica.
20130127-113238.jpgCaused by lack of necessary blood supply (poor circulation). Can also be caused by excess abdominal fat.

People dealing with restless legs often experience insomnia. (much of what helps with insomnia will help your symptoms) 20130127-113212.jpgRLS is a vata problem just like insomnia because of its association with restlessness.

Folic Acid:
If your restless legs is hereditary (shows up by the time you are 20) then Folic acid will be particularly helpful:
Green leafy veggies (spinach), lentils, kidney beans, wheat germ, egg yolks

Often caused by a dopamine deficiency which is a deficiency of iron (need iron to make dopamine)
Iron (take with 100 mg vitamin C for absorbency)
Better to boost your iron levels with foods than supplements as it is easy to take to much iron.
Eat beans, green veggies, nuts, and seeds. (Almond butter is great!)

Magnesium is like natural Valium–gives energy and calms nervous system (take up to 500 mg)
B-6 (also helps with insomnia)
300 IUs of Vitamin E
Also ginkgo and horse-chestnut to help with circulation.20130127-113226.jpgAlso Eat:
Plenty fruits and vegetables.
Lots of warm, cooked foods
Add ground flax to your diet–omega-3s flush out impurities.
Liver. If you like liver then it’s really good for you.

Avoid dry foods
Reduce your sugar intake.
Avoid big meals in the evening.

Pineapple juice.
Juice with carrot, celery, &spinach.
Ginger tea (for circulation)
Licorice tea (natural muscle relaxant)
Some say drink OJ, others say avoid it.
Before bed drink warm milk with cardamom.

No alcohol or caffeine. 20130127-113204.jpgLifestyle:
Walk briskly during the day.
Allow legs to dangle when seated.
Stand frequently during the day.
Practice deep breathing.
Focus on slowing your heart rate for 90seconds-3 minutes during the day.
Take a quiet, gentle stroll after dinner.

If you have varicose veins you can have surgery to reduce them and it can relieve you of you RLS symptoms.
Smoking worsens symptoms. 20130127-113248.jpgBedtime:
Eat 6 apricots before bed.
Stretch calves, thighs, & hips.
6 gentle squats.
Massage legs with sesame oil. Firmly massage calves and also focus on last 2 toes.
Take a hot bath with 1 cup of Epsom salts (Epsom salts contain magnesium!)
Wear socks (people with restless legs tend to have folder feet!)
Lie on your stomach with your head to the right, putting weight on your heart.
Elevate your feet during sleep.

Massage therapy which targets lower body can ward off restless leg syndrome for several weeks.
Bi-weekly massages are recommended.

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Oily/Sensitive Skin&Hair: Kapha-Pitta

Oily, Sensitive Skin (Kapha-Pitta)
((Stomach, Colon, and Liver))

If you struggle with oily hair and skin (a kapha imbalance) and have sensitive skin, prone to breakouts (a pitta imbalance) the following guidelines will help.
Because this is a holistic guide it will help your whole body.
Try it for 2 weeks and see if it helps your skin and hair.
You will most likely even lose some weight as you reduce the kapha in your body.

Wash with gentle soap for sensitive skin.20130118-102235.jpg((I found this on Etsy: Organic Vegan Soap: french clay and avocado facial bar: $7.00))

Or 1:1 lemon juice and water: allow to dry, then rinse completely with warm water and then cool water. 2xday

Follow with sesame oil. Great for oily skin (disinfects, too–I use it all the time.)

Tea tree oil on spots.

No harsh cosmetics– Only use gentle and natural, water-based makeup on spots

Don’t touch face during the day

20130118-102038.jpg((I found this on Etsy: Neutralize Organic Face Cream - Acne/ Oily / Problem Skin. $6.59 ))

1-2x Weekly
20130118-104422.jpg((I found this on Etsy: matcha green clay mask $7.00 ))
Use clay on skin–mud mask 1-2x per week:
Equal amounts of honey and green clay powder. Leave on 10-15 min.

Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Recipe: Soak a thin cloth in a mixture of 1 TBS apple cider vinegar per 1/2 cup of warm water. Apply then layer a hot, wet cloth over top. Rest for 10 minutes then remove and splash face (first with warm water then finish with cool).
Egg White Tonic: Whisk an egg white for one minute (or until it thickens) then add 1 tsp of honey, whisk some more then add 1 tsp of lemon juice. Cover face and neck, remove after 10 mins.

Oily hair needs daily washing, but using a moisturizing or body-boosting shampoo will add more oil to your hair.

Instead, massage a mixture of baking soda and water–use about 1 tsp. of baking soda per one-fourth cup of water–into your roots while you shower.
Be sure to rub your entire head, including your temples and the back of your skull, to get maximum grease-fighting power.

20130115-230214.jpg((I found this on Etsy: Dead Sea Mud Shampoo Bar for Oily Hair Types $6.50 ))

Lemon juice’s natural acidity makes it an excellent foil for oily hair.
Juice of one lemon+1 cup of water: massage on scalp after shampoo, leave on 5 min, rinse with warm water

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar+ water: rinse hair with this after shampoo, then rinse with warm water. (Acts as a barrier to grease.)

Leave in:
After shampoo and conditioner, apply witch hazel to scalp

No fried foods or excessive spices

Reduce dry foods (crackers, bread, chips) and drink a lot of water

Reduce dairy

No sweets (add oiliness to skin)
use honey not sugar

Use flaxseed oil (great for skin)
Lots of sweet, juicy fruits:
((Apples, cherries, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, tangerines, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, persimmon))
Raw or steamed veggies
((Cabbage, *celery, onions, pumpkin, radish, *spinach, tomato, water chestnuts))
–spinach with vinegar and flaxseed oil will help you immensely: great for lunch.

Peppermint, fenugreek, or raspberry tea
Licorice, fennel, peppermint
Ginger and black pepper
TUMERIC: moves lymph ((add to food and add a punch to your cleanser.))

Do detox regularly
Exercise for circulation (20 min/day)

Do you have any tips for oily, sensitive skin and hair? Share in the comments!

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