Kratom Plant a Natural Cure for Anxiety and Depression?

The botanical name for the Kratom tree is Mitragyna speciosa. It is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia. It is a deciduous tree that is in the coffee family. The leaves of this plant have been used for hundreds of years to treat various conditions. Some ailments this plant has been known to alleviate are anxiety, depression, diarrhea, fatigue, pain and even opiate addiction. In small doses kratom is stimulating and in larger doses it is sedating. The leaves are often dried and ground into a very fine powder. The taste of kratom leaves is very bitter so many people mix it with fruit juice, applesauce or yogurt. You can also boil the leaves to make kratom tea. If you search the Internet you will find tons of testimonials to the effectiveness of this natural plant to treat many conditions. You will not find any reports of hospital visits or overdosing. Kratom is very safe when used responsibly. It is illegal in certain parts of the world such as Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand. But it is legal in most other countries including the United States and Europe. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue or chronic pain, Kratom could be a life changer for you. You can do your research, read personal stories and search for a reputable vendor at The plants effects are caused by alkaloids that bind to opioid receptors in your brain. These are the same receptors responsible for the effects of opioid drugs such as morphine. There is a danger of addiction as with coffee, tea or any other substance used in excess. There are many reports of people addicted to opiate drugs using Kratom to get over the withdrawal symptoms. Definitely a plant worth looking into if you are looking for an all natural supplement to help with any of the conditions mentioned above.

Kids Sore Throat Remedies

Salt water Rinse
Salt water helps remove phlegm from the throat. It also draws out the moisture from your child’s mucus membranes. This is why people have been using salt water to gargle with for hundreds of years. The salt to water ratio is about 1/2 teaspoon of regular table salt to one cup of warm water. Have your child gargle this mixture three or four times a day.

Peppermint Mouth Rinse
To make strong peppermint tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 peppermint tea bags. Let the the tea steep (or sit) for 3 or 4 minutes. Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool down to a comfortable temperature for your child. When cool enough, have your child gargle the tea 2 or 3 times a day.The menthol in peppermint tea will help to open your child’s nasal passages. Sipping on peppermint tea is also comforting when your child is not feeling well.

Honey Mouth Rinse
Honey is such a comforting sore throat remedy. Because it is thick, it coats your child’s sore throat to relieve some of the discomfort. Honey also has antibacterial properties! It’s such an easy home remedy, just stir a couple teaspoons of honey into a coffee cup of warm water. Have your child gargle this mixture two or three times a day for soothing relief.

Myths About Your Eyes

Did your parents ever tell you not to cross your eyes because they will get stuck that way? Well that’s just not true. Now if your child has an eye that crosses or wanders, that’s a different story. That would indicate a need to see your doctor.

How about your parents telling you not to sit too close to the tv because it’ll hurt your eyes or make you go blind? I think we’ve all heard that one, too. Well, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology that one is also a myth. Although it may make your eyes tired if you are straining to focus, it does no permanent damage to your eyes by sitting closely to the television. If you need to sit close to see, you may be nearsighted and should see your doctor.


We’ve all heard that eating carrots improves your vision. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says, “Although it’s true that carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is essential for sight, so are many other foods (asparagus, apricots, nectarines, and milk, for example). A well-balanced diet can provide the vitamin A needed for good vision.”

It’s also not bad for your eyes to read in the dark. Again, your eyes may get tired from straining, but no permanent damage is done.

Same goes for looking at a computer screen. Even for long periods of time, this does not damage your eyes. Your eyes will probably get dry and irritated because we only blink about half as many times per minute when we are looking at a computer monitor but you will not cause any real damage. If you take a break every 20 minutes to look away from the screen and blink 10 or 20 times, you can refresh your eyes moisture.