Although it is not always possible to prevent knee injury, the following suggestions may help forestall injuries and joint deterioration:

Keep extra pounds off: Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for the knees. Every extra Kilo puts additional strain on the joints, increasing the risk ligament and tendon injuries and even osteoarthritis.

Get strong, stay limber: Because weak muscles are a leading cause of knee injuries. You will benefit from building up the quadriceps and hamstrings, which support the knees. Try knee extensions, hamstring curls and leg presses to strengthen these muscles. Balance and stability training helps the muscles around the knees work together more effectively. Since tight muscles also can lead to injury, stretching is important. Try to include flexibility exercises in the workouts.

Be smart about exercise: if you have osteoarthritis, chronic knee pain or recurring injuries, you may need to change the way you exercise. That does not mean you have to stop being active, rather it does mean being smart about when and how you work out. If the knees ache after jogging or playing or other sports that give the joints a real pounding, consider consultation of a specialist of orthopedics.

Make sure the shoes fit well: if the shoe fits, you will be a lot safer Choose footwear that is appropriate for the sport. Running shoes are not designed for pivots and turns, for instance, but tennis and racquetball shoes are.

Baby the knees: Wearing proper gear for knee-sensitive activities can help prevent injuries. Use kneepads when playing volleyball and buckle the seat belt every time you drive.See More

Tea Tree Oil: Benefits

Tea Tree is revered for its antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antiseptic and powerful antifungal properties.More recently, the scientific community has confirmed that Tea Tree Oil has tremendous medicinal benefits. It is a light yellow oil that has a scent similar to nutmeg, and it is produced by steaming tea tree leaves and then squeezing the oil out.

Tea Tree is used to treat athlete’s foot, burns, Candida, cold sores, corns, dandruff, eczema, insect bites/stings (or other itches), lice, nail fungus, psoriasis, respiratory infections, ringworm, chicken pox, sore throat, strep throat, thrush, warts, cuts, as an insect repellent. Tea Tree can be toxic when used internally, and it is best to avoid when pregnant or lactating. This essential oil can be used neat on the skin, but some people are sensitive to it.  To test if you have a sensitivity, try diluting tea tree in a carrier oil (i.e. sweet almond, jojoba, sesame, grape seed) oil before applying a small amount to your skin (avoiding the face and other sensitive areas to begin with.)

Studies have shown that Tea Tree Oil also treats respiratory problems ranging from common sore throats, coughs and runny nose to severe conditions such as asthma, tuberculosis, and bronchitis. The anti-viral properties of the oil fight many common infectious diseases such as chicken pox, shingles and measles, flu, cold sores and verrucae. It also strengthens the body’s immune system, which is often weakened by stress, illness, or by the use of antibiotics and other drugs.