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Incidents and Accidents in the Home and Outside

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It seems to me that the possibility of an accident is always present, waiting sometimes literally to trip you up. The home, ideally a place of comfort and relaxation is a minefield of traps for the unwary and where most accidents happen.

The danger of standing on a low stool is one that should not be underestimated. Not much can happen to you standing a few feet off the ground, right? In fact, overreaching and overconfidence can be your undoing, leading to a twisted ankle or worse. Best to invest in a reliable non slip stool and watch your step!


The stairs of course are a potential pitfall. Losing your balance at the top can have disastrous results. I have managed to fall upstairs rather than down! Feeling unsteady, I projected myself forwards, hitting my head on the wall, resulting in an impressive black eye.

It was difficult to explain the circumstances, to those kind or curious enough to ask. I had made a split-second decision that it was better to fall forwards rather than backwards. Fortunately, no lasting harm was done to my vision from this experience.

Scalding is a serious matter, as I discovered as a child when I tipped boiling water from the stove, onto my toes. Years later, pouring boiling water into the sink, I failed to remove a soaked t shirt from my skin, quickly enough to prevent scalding.  The result was blisters again, the treatment of which, I was this time responsible. Foolishly I rubbed them, resulting not surprisingly, in several bleeding wounds on my stomach.

Feeling the need for outside assistance, I displayed these injuries to a pharmacist and inadvertently to some customers in a queue, to whom I apologised and accepted sympathy. The pharmacist did her best to look for suitable products for treatment, but in the end, I gave up and went to the Minor Injuries Unit.

A measurement was taken of the worst area, which although not huge, qualified as a serious scald, and required precautionary antibiotics, due to the location.  Happily, after several trips to the Unit for dressings, all was well and in time the scars faded.

The common factor in these incidents was that I was in a hurry. I would suggest that Hurry is a prerequisite for many accidents, inside and outside the home. The speed of life is such that we have little time to stand and stare, or even to take care.
 
Outside of the home, I managed to fall and break my arm, by tripping over a kerb, while speeding across the road. With both arms outstretched, clutching two carrier bags, I was briefly flying over the pavement, knowing that this was not going to end well. I was not surprised that I couldn’t stand up unaided. I was helped to my feet by two cab drivers, outside of whose office I had been hurrying. I was then kindly given a free ride to Accident and Emergency, by the cab company.
 
It turned out that the treatment for this type of fracture was not to set the arm in plaster, but to let it hang loosely secured, but freely by the side and on no account to rest it on a chair arm or table, or anything!  I opted for the conservative treatment of physiotherapy, rather than surgery, and in due course, this restored my arm to more or less its previous state, if somewhat weaker.
 
I share these experiences in the hope that readers will take their time while going about their daily business. Please do not hurry, watch out for other people who are in a hurry riding on the roads or footpaths, take care and above all Stay Safe!

In the nineteen sixties I worked in London stores. Worked as an Insurance Clerk in the City of London during the nineteen seventies. Divorced in the nineteen nineties. Now I am a retired Civil Servant, managing home and garden and escaping onto social media whenever possible.

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Lemon essential oil for internal use, is it okay to swallow it?

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Many ask if lemon essential oil can be used internally and if it is toxic. There are those on the net who recommend recipes that include essential oils and say that an essential oil of any kind can be safely ingested if of good quality. Unfortunately, there are several problems with this statement.

First of all essential oils are not regulated, so the quality depends a lot from producer to producer and there is no body that controls the quality and eliminates from the market the oils that do not reach the minimum level. The market is totally unregulated and there are always risks as essential oils are meant for external use only.

Lemon essential oil internal use = not a good idea


Even the best essential oils have never passed the tests and certifications to be approved as food. For the production of essential oils, solvents can be used or machinery could be contaminated. There are no laws that oblige manufacturers to follow the rules of hygiene and safety and therefore do not be surprised if they do not have suitable products and systems. Even when they say that an essential oil is 100% pure, they always think about external use.

In short, don’t listen to anyone who tells you that lemon essential oil for internal use is fine, it is not something to recommend. Furthermore, essential oils are very strong, they are very concentrated, ingesting an essential oil should only be done if checked by an expert and not taken  at home without proper knowledge.

In any case, if you want certain benefits of lemon essential oil, just eat a normal lemon including the peel. There are no reasons to ingest this product, you will have no particular benefit from ingesting it. Be careful to use it before going out in the sun, in fact it is a photosensitive product, it makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

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Properties of burdock; what this plant is for and how to use it

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Burdock

Burdock (Arctium Lappa) is commonly found in the UK, especially in hedges and on roadsides and paths and anywhere where it can grow undisturbed. A plant known for centuries for its medicinal properties, especially for its diuretic properties.

It is also said to be good for the blood. It is also used for skin problems and to promote sweating. Burdock contains many minerals including iron and substances such as lignin and inulin. It also contains small doses of caffeine.

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What are the other properties of burdock?

It is a good blood purifier and is used for arthritic rheumatism, sciatica and lumbago. The seeds and leaves are a powerful purifier and are used to treat skin ailments. Burdock is used to promote kidney functions and helps these organs filter the blood, eliminating harmful acids.

In general, crushed seeds are used from which an infusion is made, while the roots are used to make a very strong decoction. The decoction can be used for internal or external use. A table spoon of roots and a cup of water are enough to make a decoction.

You can drink it once a day, not during meals to see some benefit. Once cooled, you can use this lotion on the skin, especially in cases of acne and oily skin in general. When taken internally, this substance is eliminated by the sweat glands, thus removing toxic waste and promoting sweating. Burdock seeds are then used to eliminate fever and heat conditions boils, ulcers and infections. To induce sweating, first drink a cup of burdock seed tea.

There is also a Chinese version of burdock which is supposed to be an aphrodisiac, not all properties of burdock are the same.

Warnings Do not take burdock by mouth if you have type II diabetes and are taking medicines to control blood glucose.

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How the ancient Egyptians used medical plants

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Of all the ancient civilizations, the Egyptian one was definitely the first of which we have a good knowledge of how they used herbs and plants for medicinal reasons. Sure, everything we know is a bit vague, but we have some ideas.

The first Egyptian physician we know was called Imhotep and worked for the pharaohs of the third dynasty, around 3000 years BC. We also know about him that he was an astrologer and had the ability to cure many diseases.

Obviously our knowledge is partly based on legends, anyone who was able to cure diseases was considered a magician and therefore seen as if an almost divine character, a magician and for his healing powers. But in general in Egyptian civilization, medicine and religion went hand in hand. So it wasn’t just the medicines that healed but the gods through medicines.

The concept of active ingredients, chemistry and pharmacology are modern concepts that were not found in Egyptian medicine. Another aspect of Egyptian culture that developed knowledge of the properties of herbs and plants was mummification. In fact, many substances that we use even now were used to mummify and perfume.

The interesting thing is the use of certain plants or natural remedies such as frankincense or myrrh (which would be the resins of plants and therefore require a little processing) which are still used today. They certainly used different essential oils such as peppermint, camphor and others that we also use.

Frescos have been found in Egyptian times showing the production and use of essential oils. Of course, even in this case everything was very much linked to religion.

Another thing we know for sure because papyri have been found, such as Ebers’s, which list the medicines that were recommended to a patient, were basically the ancestors of our medical prescriptions. Obviously not all medicines were plants, the Egyptians also used minerals as medicine but the majority were undoubtedly of vegetable origin.

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