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Where Do Your Diamonds Come From?

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but most of us know very little about them above and beyond the fact that they’re beautiful, sparkly and mined from the earth. This is such a shame because the more we know about the diamonds in our engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces and other much-loved pieces of jewellery, the more interesting our diamonds become. Not only that but the more we know about the origins of our diamonds, the easier it will be for us to make more ethical choices around purchasing them next time we’re trying to choose between our favourite Valentina Fine Diamonds.

 

So where do those diamonds you love so much come from? They’re mined from deep pits all over the world. The main producer of diamonds right now is Russia who manufactures around 22.4 percent of all of the world’s diamonds, and which is home to no less than 12 open-pit diamond mines. Botswana is the next biggest producer with responsibility for around 19.9 percent of production.

If you want to find out more about where your diamonds come from, how they are produced and how the diamond industry works in practice, so you can make more ethical choices and choose the diamonds that best fit in with your lifestyle, take a look at the infographic below.  Not only does it lay out exactly where diamonds come from, but it will also teach you a great deal about diamond mines, which is a subject few people really know about at all.


Infographic designed by:  Valentina Fine Diamonds

3 Rules To Stay Safe When Using Alternative Medicine

If you have a chronic health condition and you cannot find a way to manage it, no matter what you do, you might be exploring the possibility of alternative medicine. There are some great alternative medicines out there that have been shown to have great results for a lot of people. However, there is also a lot of pseudoscience and bad health remedies that can, in some cases, be very dangerous.

Unfortunately, a lot of people hear horror stories about the bad treatments so they write off all alternative medicines. If you are going to use alternative medicines, you just need to know how to use them safely. These simple tips will help you make the right decisions about your health. 

Stay Safe When Using Alternative Medicine

See A Qualified Professional

You wouldn’t go to a standard doctor if they weren’t qualified (and they wouldn’t be called a doctor in the first place) so why would you go to an unqualified person for alternative medicine? People often think that holistic medicine practitioners have a qualification that they bought online but that isn’t the case. If you see a qualified Naturopathic Practitioner they will have been through the same training that a standard doctor has before then going to a Naturopathic college to learn about different approaches to health. That means they can provide a mixture of traditional methods and alternative medicines and they have a full understanding of your health needs. Before getting any treatment, you should always make sure that the practitioner is qualified. 

Know How To Spot Clever Marketing

There are so many health products out there that do nothing for you, but they are popular because of clever marketing. It’s so easy for companies to put the word ‘natural’ all over the packaging and use a lot of complicated science terms to make it seem as though a lot of research has gone into developing this product and they know what they’re talking about. But that could all just be clever marketing and the product itself might be a placebo or, in worse cases, it could be damaging to your health. So, look past the marketing and start checking what the ingredients are and where they come from. 

Inform Your Doctor About Alternative Treatments

If you are seeing a traditional doctor for any reason, you need to tell them about any alternative medicine treatments you are using, especially if you are being treated by them or recovering from a surgery. If you are taking herbal remedies, for example, these could impact medication that you are taking, sometimes with dangerous results. A lot of people worry that their doctor will try to warn them against alternative medicine or judge them but that isn’t the case. As long as you are using alternative medicines safely, your doctor will work with you to make sure that you are safe and all of your treatments are working as effectively as they can. But they can’t do that if you are not upfront with them. 

Alternative medicines can be very effective, but you need to follow these rules to make sure you are using them safely.

How To Treat Cold Sores In Children

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus. It will interest you to know that cold sore has nothing to do with cold despite the name. Small blisters typically form around the mouth and lip but can also appear on the cheeks, chin, and nose. The cold sore will ooze, form a crust and later heal within two weeks.

In some cases, the infection can occur many times in a child’s life and at the same spot. The virus becomes dormant and settles in the nervous system of the body, and when triggered, is reactivated on the body surface.

 Treat Cold Sores In Children

Common Symptoms Of Cold Sores In Children

The symptoms will manifest differently in children. During the first infection, symptoms may not appear in some children, while others may experience ulcers in and around the mouth and severe flu-like symptoms.

Here are some symptoms of a cold sore:

  • Burning, itching sensation around the mouth, nose, and lips.
  • Small blisters in the mouth and lips that release fluids and later crust over in 2 to 3 days.
  • Soreness in the lip and mouth that clears entirely after 4 to 10 days without leaving any scar.

Since its symptoms are like other health conditions, it is important to visit a healthcare practitioner for your child’s diagnosis.

How Parents Can Help Treat Cold Sores

After your child’s diagnosis, the cold sore treatment will depend on the age, symptoms, how severe the child’s condition is, and their health.

Though some cold sores may take longer than others to heal, the good news is that as a parent, you can always take these measures to ease discomfort:

  • Apply ice to ease your child’s fever and blister pain.
  • Chilled smoothies help soothe the lips and make them tender to avoid dehydration.
  • Do not give your child acidic food during the outbreak. This can irritate the cold sore.
  • If the pain is severe that the kid cannot eat or drink, the paediatrician can prescribe pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen and some antiviral creams to reduce the pain.
  • Avoid triggers such as skin irritation that can cause cold sore by applying lotion or lip bum with zinc oxide or sunscreen before going out.
  • Ensure your child eats a balanced diet, exercises, and gets enough rest.
  • Manage your kid’s stress, which can lead to a cold sore.

How To Prevent Cold Sores From Spreading

Cold sores can be very contagious. They can spread through skin contact, saliva, touching objects that have been in contact with an infected person. To prevent the spread of this infectious condition, observe the following:

  • Ensure your child does not pick or scratch the cold sore. That can lead to the spread of the fever blister to other parts of the body like eyes and fingers.
  • Make sure you wash their toys and other objects they use to play to avoid spreading the disease to other children in the house or around them.
  • As your child gets treatment, do not allow him/her to share utensils, toothpaste, towels, or other objects to avoid spreading through saliva.
  • Avoid sharing clothes and towels during this period.
  • Make sure you wash towels and linens using hot water after use.
  • Clean mats and other household equipment thoroughly after use.
  • If your child actively participates in outdoor activities such as sports, they should avoid these activities during the infection’s active period.

Conclusion

Though there is no cure for cold sore, with the above guidelines, you will be able to safeguard your child’s health and the people around them during the virus infection period.