Over the years I have had several businesses. It seems I can't get away from seeing if a certain herb or essential oil can help a fellow human and that's usually how it starts. So now, I am in Arizona, I was asked again if I would be interested in starting another herbal biz!! So we now have Herbs 4 Health!! Numerous herbal blends....single essential oils...essential oil blends....supplements....tinctures all to help the body to heal itself.
The information in these blogs is not meant in any way shape or form to plagiarize, for I have never said this is all MY work. It is a compilation of reputable informative websites, my 'go to' books I have always depended upon & my own knowledge. I gather & put together information to help people learn & this way they can come back here to help remind themselves of said information instead of 'where oh where did I find that on the world wide web'. Seems to me it's just better & easier.
DISCLAIMER: This information does not diagnose, treat or heal any type illness or disease.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
*Astragalus (found at Herbs 4 Health in tincture form!) works best when taken over time, consistently. It's a broad spectrum immuno activating herb. There's data that it rebuilds bone marrow. Long term, it can balance the glandular system.
*A polysaccharide is a sugar that helps build the immue system. The symptoms of a virus, etc. is how the body gets rid of illness!!
*An immunomodulator helps balance the immune system weather one has a low one or an over active one, such as those with auto immune disorder and it also addresses inflammatory issues. 1 in 5 have an autoimmune disorder...it's out of balance.
*Mushrooms!!! Awesome immune system builders. Reishi, Shitake, Mitake, Cordyceps & Chaga to name a few. Teas, soups, salads. Protects the systems and organs same as astragalus.
*Known causes: toxic environment, water, food, heavy metals, stress. Which is why detoxing is so very important!!
* Inflammation is a healing response from the body
*Contained in the gut
*Programs our immune system.
*Helps to maintain the gut/wall lining
*100-400 different species of bacteria in our gut
*80% of our immune function is in our microbiome
*MRSA is a result of overuse of antibiotics
*Excessive hygiene in our society
*Antibiotics, weather it's pharmacology or food, ruin the microbiome environment
*Fermented veggies can re-organize the microbiome
*Prebiotics: garlic, onions, leeks, dandelion, burdock, chicory
*Lack of bacteria affects the microbiome
*There are herbs to help our brains & neurological cognitive functions
*Gotu Kola....a clean source! Heals connective tissue, enhances memory, clarity of thinking & more
such as MS, Parkinson's, Dementia, need in high doses to help rebuild the myelin sheath
*Rosemary tea, walnuts, bacopa, ashwaganda, andographis, hyperzine, flavonoid rich foods: sage, turmeric, ginger
*NO pharmaceuticals are working on dementia
*Imbalance of cells, what they do, how they act causing tumors
*Causes: toxins, dysfunction of immune system, environment, genetics, stress, foods & more
*Inflammation is a healing response from the body
*Parasites or worms can be major cause of cancer
*Helpful alternative approaches: Ginger, turmeric (likes to stay in the gut), noni, coconut, juice from choke cherries..pits contain B17 (laetril), apricot kernel...B17, soursop or graviola...fresh is best, astragalus, CBD with THC, medicinal mushrooms including chaga
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
~Science of Aromatherapy~
1...ONE...drop contains up to 300 powerfully life changing chemicals.
Topical application is the most effective way of using essential oils...done properly. Within 20 minutes the oils are into your blood. In about an hour & a half none are detected as the body has used them, then excreted them. Which is why one needs to use them every few hours.
Up to 75% of all oils on the market today are adulterated. Our bodies can't synthesize chemicals. Organics can't be guaranteed of purity simply because of acts of nature, drift wind, water run off. Even processing affects them.
Essential oils can actually work on what the body needs at that particular time.
They can work through the limbic system which leads to our brain, so they can help with mood, memory, neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's & cancer.
"Cupping" is a term used where you put 1 drop in your hands, rub together, inhale! It's helpful for people who battle anxiety attacks, stress, even nausea.
Inhaling essential oils can change brain chemistry. The chemicals in them have been linked to autoimmune diseases.
Grapefruit can help with decreased food intake, orange helps with depression, clary sage can help decrease cortisol. Adrenal fatigue: orange, lemon, bergamont, spikenard, neroli, ylang ylang, geranium, lavender, rose, roman chamomile.
In terms of cellular biology: fat surrounds cells, that's why scripts don't work. Essential oils work because they are a type of fat.
Since they easily evaporate, the more you open & close your bottle the faster they can go bad & become oxidized. All drops from different essential oils is not always the same size...imagine that!!!
Taking essential oils internally is NOT advised, except for a very very few!!! The molecules are very strong and can damage sensitive tissues in the body!!!
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
They are often referred to as the building blocks of proteins. Needed for vital processes such as building of proteins, synthesis of hormones & neuro-transmitters, tissue growth, energy production, immune function & nutrient absorption. The body needs 20 different amino acids to grow & function properly, although only 9 are classified as essential. The non-essential amino acids can be made by the body.
Foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids are referred to as complete proteins: meat, seafood, dairy, poultry &eggs. There are plant based proteins, yet they contain all 9 essential amino acids: soy, quinoa & buckwheat.
Symptoms of low level amino acids can be irritability, poor concentration, fatigue, depression, hormonal imbalances just to name a few.
The 9 essential amino acids that can not be produced by the body are: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, valine & tryptophan.
*Phenylalanine: plays an integral role in the production of proteins & enzymes & the production of other amino acids.
*Valine: helps stimulate muscle growth & regeneration & is involved in energy production.
*Theronine: principal part of structural proteins such as collagen & elastin. Also play a role in fat metabolism & immune function.
*Tryptophan: needed to maintain proper nitrogen balance & a precursor to serotonin.
*Methionine: necessary for tissue growth & the absorption of zinc & selenium. Also important for metabolism & detoxification.
*Leucine: critical for protein synthesis & muscle repair. Also helps regulate blood sugar levels, stimulates wound healing & produces growth hormones.
*Isoleucine: involved in muscle metabolism & is heavily concentrated in muscle tissue. It's also important for immune function, hemoglobin production & energy regulation.
*Lysine: plays a major role in protein synthesis, absorption of calcium, hormone & enzyme production, energy & immune function and the production of collage & elastin.
*Histidine: used to produce histamine, a neurotransmitter vital to immune response, digestion, sexual function & sleep-wake cycles. Critical for maintaining the myelin sheath which is a protective barrier that surrounds the nerve cells.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped structures located along the lymphatic vessels. The vessels connect to each other in lymphatic chains throughout the body much like blood vessels. Lymph is responsible for draining fluid from the tissues & transporting it to the lymph nodes which then destroy the bacteria & other harmful substances. After the fluid is cleaned, it flows back to the main vein, called the superior vena cava where it enters the blood stream. The normal size of a lymph node is less than 1 cm in diameter. A healthy lymphatic system can fight off 80% of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease & arthritis. It doesn't have a pump like the circulatory system, it requires movement to function properly!
Lymphadenitis is termed when you feel swollen, tender or painful lymph nodes & is usually a sign of bacterial infection somewhere in the body. As long as the infection hasn't spread to more lymph nodes, the 1st line of defense is antibiotics or analgesics. In some cases surgery might have to be done to drain the node. Caught right away, most invasive treatments can be avoided. They are located in the neck area, around the tonsils. Under the armpits, elbow. Around the outer parts of the breasts and in the chest area. There are also ones located above the genitals. Among other areas of the body.
There are many ways to detoxify this system: 1) avoid soda 2) 6-8 glasses of water daily 3) herbal teas such as astragalus, echinacea, goldenseal, poke root or wild indigo 4) opt for natural fibers in your clothing avoid nylon & polyester 5) castor oil packs overnight to the lower abdomen 6) laughter & deep breathing 7) raw, unsalted nuts & seeds power up the lymph system with good fatty acids such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia, brazil, flax, sunflower & pumpkin seeds 8) avoid processed foods.
Natural treatments for lymphadenitis include raw garlic, manuka honey, colloidal silver, apple cider vinegar with the mother in it, vit. c--non gmo, astragalus root (at www.Herbs-4-Health.com), oregano essential oil (at www.Herbs-4-Health.com), tea tree essential oil & cool compresses.
Ways to help activate the lymphatic system: 1) rebounding or jumping on a mini trampoline 2) working up a sweat through exercise or a sauna 3) inversion unit or a slant board 4) reflexology points located at the bottom of breast bone/sternum helps to stimulate lymphatic drainage 5) Epsom salt baths 6) dry brushing 7) lymphatic massage.
Comfrey's main components are allantoin & rosmarinic acid. Now allantoin boosts growth of new skin cells while rosmarinic acid relieves pain & inflammation! This powerful healing herb is NOT to be taken internally, as it can pose a risk to the liver & can be carcinogenic. BUT it is awesome for external use as many still make creams, ointments, balms, etc. from it!!!
One has to be cautious of using comfrey on deep open wounds as it heals so quickly! It is such an excellent and speedy wound-healing remedy that it actually should not be used on deep wounds or lacerations. It could potentially heal the top layer of skin before the bottom layer, resulting in an abscess. So please do avoid comfrey for major skin wounds, and use it only for bruises, sprains and minor cuts and scratches.
It contains properties to increase cell division which makes it heal broken bones quickly & restore damaged tissue faster than any other plant.
Comfrey is a great addition to Herbmama's Balm!!
This bright & beautiful flower is rich in medicinal compounds and is believed to originate in Egypt! ?When the petals are combined with a carrier oil, that oil becomes an infusion. It's uses are endless...gentle yet powerful.
Calendula protects against bacteria. It's one of THE best against inflammation! So many ways to incorporate it into your daily life. Use in creams, oils, infusions, gels, compresses, tinctures. It's gentle enough for babies and the elderly as well. It is amazing for skin issues & more!!
*Powerful antioxidant, among the strongest of anti-viral herbs.
*Helps to heal skin inflammation issues to cancer.
*Helps with menustration: cramps, relaxes muscles, eases PMS crams, alleviates hot flashes.
*Anti-microbial, anti-viral, antibiotic, antiseptic....even resistant strains of bacteria.
*Improves oral health
*Discourages cancer because of anti-inflammatory properties.
*Heals wounds, soothes eczema & diaper rash.
*Basically activates antioxidant & anti-inflammatory pathways, therefore encourages a return to homeostasis.
With so many good things to say about this powerfully gentle herb, why wouldn't you want to have it in your 'medicine' cabinet!!!
A prime ingredient in the Herbmama's Balm!!!
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Peppermint is an excellent digestive aid. It soothes & calms the digestive system. Helps to get rid of gas, indigestion, heartburn, morning sickness, motion sickness, cramping, stomach aches, headaches & even IBS.
*Good for relaxing nerves & improving circulation.
*Improves digestion when consumed after meals.
*Mild tea can be added to bath to gently bring down a fever.
*Contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium & manganese.
*Mild peppermint tea rubbed on baby's tummy can help relieve colic & promote relaxation, especially when combined with chamomile.
*A cup of strong tea in a bath can help relax muscles.
*Anti-bacterial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, health promoting properties.
*Rich in essential oils, vitamins A, C, E K & many B vitamins, dietary fiber & carotene.
*Helps to control blood cholesterol & blood pressure.
*Contains potassium, an important component of cells & body fluids to help control heart rate & blood pressure.
*Enhances memory & helps to increase alertness.
The leaves, flowers & roots are used medicinally for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases such as asthma, coughs & other lung ailments. It helps to fight influenza, herpes, respiratory infections & upper airway infections. It can help treat ear infections. It can calm bursitis by applying a poultice or even a cloth soaked in a tea. Mullein can help ease respiratory illnesses, bronchitis, dry coughs, sore throats, tonsillitis. The leaves contain an extract with a powerful antioxidant & anti-inflammatory which can help rid the body of mucus. It can help to sooth raw & inflamed tissues.
It's a potent disinfectant, anti-spasmodic, astringent & emollient, trophorestorative & adrenal tonic.
Mullein contains flavonoids, saponins, tannins, terpenoids, glycosides, carbohydrates, proteins, fats & oils. It's approximately 3% mucilage which has a soothing effect on the body's mucus membranes. The saponins are believed to be responsible for it's expectorant actions.
Smoking mullein is one of the least effective ways of using mullein's beneficial properties.
Mullein contains the essential nutrients Vit. C, Vit. B complex, Vit. E, Vit. D, magnesium & potassium. It's rich in antioxidants, boosts bone health & can increase absorption of calcium.
It's not recommended for nursing or pregnant women. It's been known to inhibit the effectiveness of anti-diabetic drugs. Mullen can intensify the effects of muscle relaxants & lithium. Never consume the seeds as they contain high levels of rotenone which may cause severe cramping, diarrhea, convulsions & vomiting. Use with caution if taking diuretics, anti-platelets, ibuprofen, naproxen & blood thinners.
Mullein oil is great for earaches in children & adults alike. To make the mullein oil you take 1 cup of mullen & 1/2 cup of olive oil. Either do a cool infusion or a heated one. Cool & strain. Place cooled drops in affected ear.
Mullein tea: 1-2 tsp. in 8 oz. boiling water, steep about 5 min. Strain & add a sweetner if you wish. drink 1-4 times daily.
Mullein tincture: 1/4 - 3/4 tsp. 3-4 times daily.
Just 4 simple ingredients in this tonic, but each one works synergistically with the other to make a very potent tonic that can help with many health issues. There's a reason it's been around for decades! It's the same as the infamous Essiac, but because of copyright laws, I can't name it that. Another big difference is the amounts of each herb in this awesome blend!!
Burdock Root: Anti-microbial substance. High in inulin which is a probiotic rich fiber. Will remove indicators of systemic imbalance (such as skin problems & dandruff). Aids kidney functions. Contains bitters....so it is beneficial for the digestive process & bile secretion. Great blood purifier to help blood circulation & a great tonic. It's also a diuretic. High in Vitamins: A, B complex, C & E. Minerals: iron, magnesium, chromium, potassium, cobalt, phosphorus, silicon & zinc. Rich in antioxidants!
Slippery Elm Bark:A folk remedy for soothing cuts, burns, ulcers & sore throats. Excellent nutrient. Demulcent (which soothes inflamed or sensitive mucus membranes in the body). Gentle. Easily assimilated in the body. Great for all types of digestion problems. Blood purifier. Aids in toxin removal. Powerful antioxidant. Rich in vitamins: A, B complex, C & K. Mineral content includes: calcium & selenium.
Highly used in TCM. Has a true cleansing action on the 'gut'...removing debris & having antiseptic qualities. Blood purifier. Has a reputation for effectiveness against chronic liver problems. High in vitamins A, B complex, & C. Rich in the minerals calcium, iron, copper, iodine, potassium, sulphur & zinc.
Traditional folk remedy for cancer & disease. Strong antioxidant qualities. High in vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E & K. Mineral content include calcium, iron, magnesium, silicon, sulphur, copper, iodine, zinc & manganese.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe plant and it was found that the aloe gel does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, cosmetic ailments, hair & scalp problems and many more. It is also said to be useful in treating wounds & burns, minor skin infections, cysts, diabetes and elevated blood lipids in humans.
Aloe contains beneficial compounds such as polysaccharides, mannans, anthraquinones and lectins. The secret of the aloe plant is in the transparent, juicy substance contained in it's long, thick skinned leaves--the aloe vera gel. This gel has antimicrobal properties that kill bacteria and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of lines and the loss of elasticity in our skin. The vitamin C and E present in aloe gel can improve our skin's natural firmness and keep our skin hydrated. Aloe vera can lessen the visibility of stretch marks by actually healing them, because they are actual tears in the layer of the skin. It's an awesome burn & sunburn healer as well.
Taken internally, aloe gel can:
*Halts the growth of cancer tumors
*Lowers high cholesterol
*Repairs "sludge blood" and reverses "sticky blood"
*Boosts the oxygenation of your blood
*Reduces over-all inflammation and can soothe arthritis pain
*Protects the body from oxidative stress
*Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee & tea
*Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits
*Helps with ulcers, IBS, Crohn's and other digestive disorders
*Reduces high blood pressure naturally, by treating the cause, not just the symptoms
*Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes & glyconutrients
*Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns
*Replaces dozens of first aid products, makes bandages and antibacterial sprays obsolete
*Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract
*Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics
*Prevents and treats candida infections
*Protects the kidneys from disease
*Helps to cure acid reflux
*Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance
*Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion
*Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair
*Can enhance the effectiveness of anti-cancer herbs
Truly, there is nothing that compares to the medicinal potential of aloe vera gel. Yet, most people only know about the topical applications of aloe vera. It's totally safe to be eaten like a food. Aloe vera is a succulent and it's only the inner gel that we're focused on, because this inner gel has all the medicinal properties. For starters, there's the fact that ALL succulents have self-repairing abilities! Their internal gel repairs any cut or tear by automatically shrinking the wound and creating a new water-tight seal. This gel matrix is comprised of hundreds of different phytochemicals that not only store water and repair injury, they also grant notable medicinal effects to humans who consume them.
Fresh aloe vera gel has virtually no taste. Other forms of aloe will have a slightly bitter taste. Use fresh, raw aloe vera right out of your yard if possible. Nothing is superior to the living, raw plant, but there is a low-temperature dried aloe vera that is the next best thing. Aloe gel is antibacterial, antiviral & anti-fungal. Be wary of the kind in big containers at the big box stores, they have many additives to them. Read your ingredients!!!
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Many of the commercial stevia blends contain very little of the actual stevia plant. Sometimes they have been altered so they contain chemical solvents.
Stevia's glycosides is the component in the plant that is responsible for it's sweetness. Specifically they are: stevioside, rebaudioside (which have 5 variations: A, B, C, D, E & F), steviolbioside & isosteviol. These active compounds, mainly the stevioside & the rebaudioside, contain 30-150 times the sweetness of sugar. They are heat stable, pH stable, but not fermentable. The body doesn't metabolize the glycosides so it contains zero calories.
Now stevioside is sweet, but has a bitter licorice aftertaste. The rebaudiosides are sweet with no bitterness & are usually present in highly refined commercial stevia products. When companies make their version of the sweetner, the plant is subjected to a water extraction process. During this process, it loses about 50% of the rebaudioside A. They separate the various glycosides & are then purified via a crystallization technique using ethanol or methanol as a solvent. Yummm, sounds like something I want to put into my body regularly...not!! So stevia extracts & derivatives are produced industrially & marketed under different trade names.
It's also a good source of polyphenols, carotenoids, chlorophyll compounds & amino acids making the whole plant the optimum choice to add to your diet instead of processed down sugar & toxic sweetners.
It's interesting that the only part of stevia that's been approved by the FDA is the highly processed powder form of stevia. Which is chemically processed, contains genetically modified ingredients (GMO's) & often only contains minute traces of actual stevia!!!
Recent studies have found that stevia has the potential to terminate chronic lyme disease which a 2-4 week round of antibiotics sometimes can & sometimes can't defeat this tricky bacteria. Stevia leaf extract is rich in many phytonutrients that are known antimicrobial agents to help get rid of most persistent forms of lyme disease. This study even found how the extract could help lower high blood pressure & reduce blood glucose in type II diabetics, help in weight loss & contains anticancer properties.
A pinch of stevia powder is = to about 1 tsp. of sugar. Do not use if pregnant, especially if it's the commercial type.
Sources: thetruthaboutcancer.com, healthline.com, Wikipedia.com, DrAxe.com & RenegadeTribune.com
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
There's NO THC in our CBD Oil. CBD Oil is NOT a tincture as tinctures are made with alcohol. The MCT Oil & the isolates are both organic. The MCT oil is liquid coconut oil with one molecule removed so that it stays liquid!! The isolates are from the hemp plant that are dissolved into the MCT oil.
* If heat is too high or too low, an inferior product is obtained & can destroy the isolates.
*While labeled 1000 mg, it will still only have between 50 & 200 mg actual active CBD extracts.
*Unless very high heat is used, the maximum amount of CBD that can be dissolved into the MCT oil is 250 mg/ounce. To obtain a higher concentration, heat that negates the benefits of MCT oil must be used. The result is an inferior product, which is not an option for us.
*CBD suppliers are popping up all over, so know your supplier read your labels!! We are here today & we will be here tomorrow as will our supplier!!
*CBD creams, lotions, balms, etc. will not & can not be as potent as the oil alone, so why waste your money when you can take a bit from the bottle of ours & apply it topically?
*Full spectrum uses extract of the hemp & contains much more than CBD. The good side is it contains a small bit of all the canabanoids.
*No process available to remove the heavy metals or solvents within the making of the full spectrum. The isolates in our CBD oil are removed with CO2, no solvents, then distilled to remove all other ingredients yielding a 99.6% purity on the CBD. So, although there are no CBC or other canabanoids, there's also no toxins either, interesting huh? Just another factor to consider when choosing a good high quality CBD Oil!!!