Welcome to my blog!!! I have been an herbalist & an aromatherapist for over 20 years!! My blog is over 8 years old & there are over 100 informative blogs here. Everything from herbs to some personal blogs. Not only do I have hopes of teaching the masses, I too, have learned a lot during my research on different topics! There's always new & updated information in the herbal & essential oil worlds. There are blogs on herbs, essential oils, nutrition, supplements, different modalities of healing and just a little bit of everything!! Maybe in reading my blogs, just one person will come away with a bit of knowledge that they might be able to help themselves or another human being, I would consider that to be a great blessing.....

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.

























Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Amino Acids

I have been seeing some information on this subject & thought it was very interesting, so I started researching and here we are!! Amino acids are the basic building blocks of our bodies and we all need them to function properly. They are organic compounds. The key elements are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen & nitrogen. About 500 naturally occurring amino acids are known about, though only 20 appear in the genetic code.

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

The Lymphatic System (Pt. 1)

Since this system is vast & complex, there are many signs and/or symptoms to possible lymphatic system disorders. Being self aware & conscious of this, doing preventative things & incorporating many types of treatments in our daily lives, to help activate it and to help detoxify it, knowing there are natural treatments to help keep this system running at it's greatest potential!!
 
In this first part I include lots of signs & symptoms of a backed up, sluggish or infected lymphatic system. In part 2 is a more detailed explanation of the whole system & how to get it back on track. It's a vital system to staying healthy!!!

Signs your lymphatic system is backed up: Headaches. Brain fog. Swollen lymph nodes or tonsils. Lack of energy. Recurrent sore throats. Mucous in the morning. Mucous drainage, especially after dairy or flour. Fluid back up in the ear, especially in children. Ear popping and ear ringing. Reduced ability to fight infections (frequent colds or flu). Constipation or sluggish bowel function. Unable to lose weight (toxins play a part in holding onto weight). Soreness or stiffness in the morning. Bloating, swelling or heaviness in extremities. Arm or hands fall asleep while sleeping. Pain, pressure or stiffness along your spine & shoulders. Sore breasts or breast swelling with your menstrual cycle. Itchy skin. Acne, dry skin & other skin issues.

Signs of a sluggish lymphatic system: More extreme allergies. Heightened food sensitivities. Frequent bacterial & viral infections. Joint pain. Headaches & migraines. Menstrual cramps. Arthritis. Fibrocystic breasts or breast tenderness. Sinusitis. Loss of appetite & GI issues. Muscle cramps. Swelling of tissues. Fatigue. Mental fuzziness. Mood swings. Depression. Parasites. Skin breakouts & acne. Cellulite.
 
Symptoms of infected lymph nodes or a group of them includes: Hard lymph nodes. Redness & tenderness of skin over the lymph nodes. Swollen lymph nodes that become larger than 0.5 to 1 CM depending on the location. Lymph nodes that cause pain and tenderness when touched. Lymph nodes filled with pus (called an abscess) that may feel rubbery.

The Lymphatic System (Pt. 2)

This vast & complicated system contains over 600 lymph nodes. It's made up of glands, lymph nodes, spleen, thymus gland & the tonsils. It is vital for both tissue repair & to help control inflammation in most organs of the body. The lymphatic system contains white blood cells called lymphocytes which fight infections by producing proteins that capture & fight invaders such as viruses or microbes. Improper drainage can cause impaired immune system or even tumors in the nodes. Even fluid in the eyes is lymphatic fluid. The cleaner you are on the inside, the brighter & clearer your eyes are!!

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 Root!

 
 
 
 
In Japan, the roots & leaves of this ancient healing plant have been used for over 2,000 years. It was originally called "knitbone" or "warrior plant".

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!!

Calendula

                                          
 

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.
*Anti-fungal powerhouse.

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

Good ol' Peppermint!!!

Known since antiquity for it's distinctive aroma & medicinal value. It's actually a hybrid mint -- a cross between water mint & spearmint. Peppermint is one of the most popular herbs in the food industry. One can grow it easily in moderate climates, but beware -- it's very invasive!!

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.

Mullein....Tea, Tincture or Oil?

Mullein has been around for a millennia and there are over 300 different species. It is a biennial or perennial that is native to northern temperate regions, especially eastern Eurasia. It can be ingested, applied topically & even smoked.

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.

Herbmama's Detox Blend...are you aware???



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.

Turkey Rhubarb:
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.

Sheep Sorrel:
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.