Health News & Tips

Varicose Veins Treatment: The Natural Way

Gathering up the confidence to wear shorts can be extremely hard when you have varicose veins. These are veins that have weak walls or malfunctioning valves that cause blood to pool in certain areas. That causes the vein to enlarge.

Varicose veins affect both men and women, and usually occur due to the following reasons:

  • heredity
  • long periods of standing
  • being overweight
  • birth control pills
  • hormonal changes during a pregnancy
  • chronic constipation

They can:

  • cause pain
  • tiredness
  • restlessness
  • burning
  • tingling
  • throbbing
  • heaviness feelings in the legs

It’s one of the main reasons that cause people to experience self-consciousness.

There are alternative treatments available, like Ultrasonic Cavitation treatment, that can treat varicose veins. Here’s a list of home remedies that you can use to reduce their appearance and discomfort:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has a lot of health benefits and is a natural cleansing solution that can improve blood flow and circulation.

How to use:

Gently massage directly on the varicose veins area. Do this before you go to bed in the evening, and again when you wake up in the morning. That will help to decrease the swelling.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is a rich source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. It can increase blood circulation and help lessen the pain of swollen veins. That’s why cayenne pepper is considered an excellent treatment for varicose veins.

How to use:

Mix one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder and one cup of hot water or fruit juice. I prefer the fruit juice option, since cayenne pepper has a strong, burning taste. Don’t forget to stir! Drink it three times a day for one to two months. Hot Tip: Drink it like you would drink a shot – quickly, and in one go! Better yet, get natural cayenne pepper capsules; they won’t burn as much on the way down.

Olive Oil

By applying olive oil directly on areas with varicose veins can help increase blood circulation and reduce inflammation and pain.

How to use:

Simply mix an equal amount of extra virgin olive and vitamin E oil or castor oil, warm it up a bit, and massage the veins with the mixture for a few minutes. You can do this for two months, applying the mixture twice a day.

Tip: when you massage the oil into your skin, use a circular motion. This increases the blood flow.


Garlic helps your body to break up and get rid of toxins. It is also helps to reduce inflammation caused by varicose veins.

How to use

Combine six garlic cloves (sliced), add to orange juice (freshly squeezed, preferably) and two tablespoons of olive oil. Allow the mixture to sit for twelve hours. Stir well and apply to affected area.

Social Tip: avoid public areas.

Witch Hazel

One of the benefits of Witch hazel is that it can help to strengthen the blood vessels, directly fighting the cause of varicose veins. It can also help to tighten, strengthen and decrease inflammation in the veins, as well as improve blood flow.

How to use:

Soak a cloth in witch hazel and leave it on the affected area for a few minutes. Reapply as necessary.

These home remedies are great, but they may not treat varicose veins completely. Ultrasonic Cavitation treatment can be used on small veins, which connect to the larger veins and produces a dramatic result.

At Organies Genoeg, we offer Ultrasonic Cavitation as one of our therapies. Contact us today to book your session, and finally say goodbye to unsightly varicose veins!

Ozone Therapy

Treatment For Fibromyalgia: How Ozone Therapy Can Help

There are many causes for chronic pain. Unfortunately, many of these illnesses and disorders don’t leave any signs other than the symptoms that the sufferer feels. One of these conditions is Fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes near debilitating pain. Unfortunately, treatment for Fibromyalgia isn’t very common, and often focuses more on the symptoms than the cause. That’s not for lack of trying, but due to the fact that no one is really sure what causes Fibromyalgia.

What is Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. It’s often accompanied by fatigue, memory and mood issues.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia are widespread pain and tenderness to light touch, and usually moderate to severe fatigue. People with fibromyalgia may also experience:

  • heightened sensitivity of the skin (also called allodynia),
  • needles and pins
  • prolonged muscle spasms
  • weakness in the limbs
  • nerve pain

Chronic sleep disturbances are also characteristic of Fibromyalgia, and not just because of pain or discomfort. A sleep disorder known as Alpha-Delta sleep is often the cause – as proposed by most studies and research. This is a condition that frequently interrupts your deep sleep state by bursts of brain activity that simulate being awake. Additionally, deeper sleep stages are dramatically reduced as well.

There are a lot of patients that experience cognitive dysfunction, a.k.a brain fog, that suffer from:

  • impaired concentration and short-term memory consolidation
  • impaired speed and performance
  • inability to multitask
  • cognitive overload

Experts suspect that this is directly related to the sleep disturbances experienced by patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia. However, the relationship between the two has yet to be established.

While people with Fibromyalgia commonly have widespread pain, they can experience more localised pain. This pain can be in the back, hips, neck or other areas. Many patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia also experience varying degrees of temporomandibular joint disorder, although patients do not always experience all the symptoms.

How Does Ozone Therapy Help?

Ozone therapy can help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. It’s not a treatment for Fibromyalgia itself, mainly because the cause is unknown. However, it’s excellent relief for the symptoms.

We introduce ozone via steam. Your skin absorbs it while you rest. You relax in our Ozone Steam Chamber while the Ozone does its work. The ozonated steam immediately gets to work to relieve the symptoms.

Ozone Therapy helps improve circulation by breaking down arterial plaque, and boosts your immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells. It also helps with cleansing your liver, and immediately starts the healing process for many chronic disorder like Fibromyalgia. Remember, Ozone does not treat the cause! It does serve as a treatment for Fibromyalgia symptoms and pain.

Ozone Therapy can help you in your fight against the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia. Ozone has the ability to:

  • neutralize toxins and impurities in the body
  • improve blood circulation
  • increase oxygen levels in the muscles
  • reduce inflammation
  • act as an antioxidant
  • energize the mind and body
  • significantly reduce pain

If you are currently diagnosed with, or are at risk of Fibromyalgia, Ozone Therapy could be a good fit for you. At Organies Genoeg, we administer Ozone Steam Therapy – a relaxing sauna experience that have many additional positive effects.

If you’re interested in booking your ozone session, contact us today for a consultation and improve your quality of life.


Healthy Lunch Ideas For Work

Green Club Sandwich

This sandwich is packed full of goodness. When it comes to a healthy lunch snack for work, it will keep you going until dinner!

What You Need:

  • 3 slices wholegrain or rye toast
  • 3 tablespoons ready-made hummus
  • 1 small avocado (100g), stoned and sliced
  • 1 handful rocket leaves
  • 8-12 cherry tomatoes, sliced

The Method:

Step 1: Toast the bread. (simple enough) spread hummus evenly on one side of each toast slice. As for the other slice of bread, it’s time to layer our Green Club Sandwich. First, lay half the avocado, rocket and tomato and season with pepper, then cover with another slice.
Step 2: Lay the rest of your avocado, rocket and tomato. Season with pepper again and top with the third slice.

Lentil Rice Salad With Beetroot & Feta Dressing

By choosing high-fiber brown rice you can feel satisfied all afternoon, with no more tummy rumbles till dinner time. This good for you dish has a healthy dose of fiber and folate to keep you going. It’s quick and easy when you have ready cooked rice. Everything you need for a healthy lunch at work!

What You Need:

  • 2 beetroot “balls” (not sure about the correct term), peeled and cut into wedges
  • 100g baby carrot
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • A small bunch of mint; pick a few leaves, and chop the rest
  • pinch of sugar
  • 250g cooked basmati rice
  • 400g cooked green lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

The Method:

  • In a pan of boiling water, add the beetroots and cook for 5-6 mins until just tender, but still with a bite; I recommend adding the carrots for the final 2 minutes. Put the vinegar, mustard, olive oil, chopped mint and sugar and whisk it together, and season.
  • Put the rice and lentils in a bowl.
  • Add the beetroot and carrots
  • Pour over your home-made dressing and toss to combine everything.
  • Put it on a serving plate and sprinkle over the hazelnuts, feta and mint leaves and serve.

Broccoli And Pasta Salad With Eggs & Sunflower Seeds

Pasta is a portable lunch staple and is equally delicious served cold in a pasta salad or quickly reheated in a convection oven. Pack in protein, carbohydrates and vitamins with this broccoli, pasta and egg dish. It’s a healthy vegetarian lunch to keep you going on a busy afternoon.

What You Need:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 75g whole wheat penne
  • 160g broccoli florets
  • 160g fine beans, trimmed and halved
  • tablespoon white miso paste
  • teaspoon grated ginger
  • tablespoon rapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

The Method:

  • Hard-boil the eggs for 8 mins, then shell and halve. While you wait for the eggs, boil the pasta for 5 mins, add the broccoli and beans, and cook 5 mins more or until everything is tender.
  • Drain the excess water and tip the pasta and veg into a bowl. Now, stir in the miso, ginger, oil and 4 tbsp pasta water. Serve topped with the eggs and seeds.

I would love to hear your feedback after trying out these recipes. Leave a comment and give me your verdict.

Want more? There are other healthy recipes on my website that you might enjoy! Like my 3 Bean Salad or my Easy Energy Bar Recipe


Tastes of Summer: 3 Bean Salad

Ever wondered what summer tastes like? As South Africans we know all too well: Summer taste like 3 bean salad and braai. Not just because we get to be with the people we love and have a great time, but it’s a tradition. The variety of foods that can be brought to a braai are endless and, I’m sure as you are reading, you agree.

Here is a classic South African dish, the 3 Bean Salad, that I love to make when I braai. It’s easy and quick to whip up and accompanies any meat, chops and boerie rolls. Of course, if you prefer to substitute the beans or mix them up, it’s really your preference. Go crazy!

What ingredients do I need?

For the salad:

  • 200g Fine Green Beans
  • 200g Tinned Butter Beans (Rinsed)
  • 200g Tinned Kidney Beans (Rinsed)
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped thinly

For the dressing:

  • Juice and Zest of ½ Lemon
  • Juice and Zest of ½ Orange
  • 60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Red Chilly (seeds removed or not if you prefer a bit of a bite), Finely Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard
  • 3 Tbsp Chopped Mint, Basil and Parsley


Now, to make The Dressing, blend all the ingredients together and put aside for the moment. (Easy as that)

For The Salad;

  1. Boil the green beans until tender. (±3 Min.)
  2. Drain, rinse in cold water and then drain again
  3. Mix the green beans, butter beans and kidney beans together in a serving bowl.
  4. Add the chopped onion and then generously drizzle the dressing over the salad.
  5. Add salt and pepper to season and serve.

And there you have it. A refreshing summer salad that is quick and easy to make that goes well with any braai. Hope you find it as delicious as I have.