LAURA SANDERS from Los Angeles wrote in for ways to minimize a scar.
MINDY HOUSTON from Kansas City, Mo., responded via email: You can reduce a scar by mixing 3 drops of lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) with I teaspoon of a carrier oil like grape seed oil. Apply this mix to the scar in the morning and at night for about a month to help minimize its appearance.
Ease Intestinal Cramps
TERRI M. from Milwaukee wrote via email for advice on collagenous colitis, which causes abdominal cramps.
EVE CMAPANELLI, PH.D., from Beverly Hills, Calif., responded via email: As a holistic health care practitioner, I've worked with various forms of colitis for 25 years. I find the best herbal remedies to be slippery elm (Ulmas rubra) and cramp bark (Viburnum opulus). Slippery elm soothes the colon. Cramp bark relieves muscle spasms and helps settle the intestinal tract. If possible, replace dairy products with soy, and minimize your sugar intake as well.
Detox with a Lemon
LORAINE WHITE from Brooklyn, N.Y., asked if lemons can eliminate toxins.
CATHERINE SINGELSETHER from Silver Spring, Md., responded via email: I had some success with lemons when I quit smoking after eight years of smoking up to two packs a day. I began by smoking less, and to cut my cravings, I drank lemon-infused water. I added 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to each 16-ounce glass of water, and drank it three to four times a day. I quit in a matter of months. I believe this drink helped slowly push out the tar.
A READER wrote about a 5-year-old son with Tourette's syndrome.
FRAN from Chicago responded via email: For seven years my son had uncontrollable tics and vocal sounds. It was later confirmed that he had Tourette's. I allowed the doctors to give him the drug clonidine, but then I found homeopathy. Thanks to a classical homeopath, who was also a medical doctor, my son took a remedy that had him feeling like himself in a short time. He hasn't had tics since and that was nine years ago.
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I am 20 years old and my doctor diagnosed me with a panic disorder. The Zoloft he gave me works, but I would rather take something natural. Is there such a thing?
Hope for Headache Relief
My son gets cluster headaches. I read that sea salt may help with the pain. Can anyone tell me more about these headaches or suggest possible remedies?
Help with Adult A.D.D.
Does someone have advice for an adult with attention deficit disorder (without hyperactivity)? I'm skeptical of Ritalin and other drugs on the market. Thank you.
Answers to these questions may appear as early as our December 2002 issue.
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