Heidi Sloane

Heidi Sloane

New Yorker living in Mexico City. Thanks to my progressive hippie parents, I've been lucky enough to have access to homeopathic and holistic doctors since I was born. Professionally, I am a consultant and collaborator for social enterprises. Personally, I'm eager to seek out and try out new ways to feel, get and be better.

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Natural Remedies for sore throat

Hot water with honey and lemon (plus a few shakes of cayenne pepper if you have a cough or lots of mucus). Also, harder to come by, but if you're able to find/buy some heliopsis longipes extract, it's great for instant relief... I use the one from HÖPSIS but they only sell here in Mexico. (http://www.hopsis.com/)

I have a very serious case of poison ivy. Any recommendations?

I used black tea to help relieve a bad eczema outbreak once, and I remember reading it worked for poison ivy too. All I did was brew some strong black tea (like 3 tea bags in a 12-oz mug) and then once it cooled I dipped cotton swabs in it, put it on my skin, and then let it dry... it helped decrease the inflammation (thanks to the tannins) and it was pretty soothing. Also, not necessarily anti-inflammatory or curing, but definitely soothing and anti-itch: cold compresses with cool milk! Good luck!

Any ideas on persistent cough that lasts for several years?

That sounds frustrating.... When I have a stubborn cough, drinking hot water with lemon, cayenne powder and a little bit of honey helps –– breaking mucus up and soothing my throat at the same time. (Though if their cough is lasting years it may be a more chronic issue than the coughs I've had... but trying the lemon-cayenne drink shouldn't do any harm. Worth a try?)

Pain relief from Fibromyalgia

PS: I just saw that someone left a review saying, "I purchased it for my mother. She is smazed at how much it relieves the fibro burning pain in the backs of her hands and tops of her feet. This is the only product we have found that truly works." .... fingers crossed!


Treating Eczema

Has he tried changing his diet? I had terrible eczema and tried all the steroid creams etc without much luck. Following my acupuncturist's advice, I stopped eating anything that contained sugar or yeast and my eczema cleared up! (Takes willpower, but it's worth it.)

Essential Oils for Thinning hair
Want to try

I lost a bunch of hair due to a parasite and my acupuncturist recommended rubbing fresh ginger on my scalp every night for a month to help it grow back. Haven't tried it yet, so who knows, but am adding the essential oils to my list of what to do after the month-long ginger experiment!

The Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Want to try

Yum! Can't wait to try this. For people who want the chocolate taste but can't have sugar (or are just avoiding it), try adding cacao nibs instead of the chocolate chips – that's what I plan to do :)

Keeping Electronics Out of Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

My partner and I have been doing this all year – and we've noticed we've been getting better sleep. Usually, we leave our phones in the living room, but if we do bring them into the bedroom, we shut them off before going to sleep. (A bonus, aside from better sleep, is that we're not using our phones, swiping, browsing, etc. right before bed – less melatonin-inhibiting screen time!) :)

It worked

My acupuncturist has helped me with everything from eczema to broken bones to auto-immune issues and the flu. She has also helped my family members heal cancer, soothe menstrual cramps and manage thyroid issues. Would definitely recommend acupuncture in general – and if you're in Queens, seek out Dr. Su-Chen Lor in Forest Hills :)

Lemon and salt drink for Headaches

A Bikram yoga teacher recommended I eat raw cucumber with lemon juice and Himalayan salt as a hydrating and mineral-replenishing post-class snack. Makes sense that these ingredients would help with a headache too!

Stop Eczema Flares with Tea Tree Oil
Want to try

Have you already tried eliminating sugar, yeast, bottled juices, etc. from his diet? (And adding lots of ginger and anti-inflammatory foods?) Might be able to eliminate the flares altogether that way.

Stop Eczema Flares with Tea Tree Oil

Heidi Sloane: Jamie Ferrell, Ah ha. Guess it's different for everyone :) For me it's mainly diet – but, not 100%! I'm allergic to cats and part of the reaction is eczema flaring up a little when I'm around them. Also more likely to have a flare up when my immune system is compromised (like during the onset of a cold) or when I'm beginning my period.

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