Welcome to my blog!!! I have been an herbalist & an aromatherapist for over 20 years!! My blog is over 10 years old & there are over 100 informative blogs here. 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. I am now in Arizona and I was asked again if I would be interested in starting another herbal business!! We now have Herbs 4 Health!! Providing numerous herbs....herbal blends....single essential oils...essential oil blends....minerals....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: All the information in these blogs do not diagnose, treat or heal any type illness or disease.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Some Ancient Herbal Remedies.....

Some people think that the herbal remedies aren’t useful and that they are not effective, but the real truth is that these herbal remedies have been well rooted in the medical practice for centuries.

Many people around the world, including medical experts, methodically collected information about herbs and developed well-defined pharmacopoeias to treat a variety of ailments. Note: you should know that more than a quarter of all drugs used today contain active ingredients derived from those same ancient plants.

But, when it comes to herbal remedies, many of us are familiar with the benefits of Echinacea or purple cone flower as an antibiotic, willow bark as a pain killer and aloe as a topical anesthetic and treatment for skin conditions.

To be honest with you, that’s just common knowledge compared to the insights and treatments that Native American medicine men discovered and used. They’ve developed a wheel of very similar to the yin/yang of Asian medicine. The use of herbal remedies and other alternative forms of treatment was the cutting-edge medicine of their day. Well, this was a sort of holistic approach to medical treatment that relied heavily on plants and their unique benefits.

In this article we are going to show you a long list of indigenous plants, trees, fruits and flowers unique to North America that have surprising benefits as defined by Native American tribes. So, it’s extremely important and useful to keep some of these ancient cures in mind. They also are good for everyday needs when you consider how effective some of them can be. Take this for example: licorice tea is the best herbal remedy for a sore throat. As we said, many people around the world still use this amazing herbal remedies, including beeswax and bee pollen, chamomile and others. It’s a good demonstration of the benefit of wisdom developed over centuries.

To be honest with you, nobody knows how the Native Americans determined which plants might have medicinal properties, although trial and error was probably one approach. Well, some experts think that they observed sick animals eating certain plants and determined that those plants must have a certain property worth exploring.  Many different studies have studied and verified the medicinal value of these plants. In fact, common aspirin is derived from salicin, a chemical in the inner bark of willow trees that was used in ancient times for fever and pain.

You should also know that these medicines were usually administered through teas or pastes that were either ingested or applied externally. But, sometimes the plants were eaten as food or added to food or water. On occasion, a salve or poultice was applied to open wounds. Note: we highly recommend that you should avoid the latter, given the risk of infection from wild sources. And you should be very careful, because some of these plants can be very dangerous. There was a use for mistletoe that we came across, but mistletoe is essentially poisonous and if not used properly the results could be counter-productive, if not deadly.

If you are pregnant or nursing, check with your doctor and do plenty of research before using any of these plants.
Here’s the list:
  1. Alfalfa– this amazing plant relieves digestion and is used to aid blood clotting. You can use this powerful herb to treat other health problems as well, such as: arthritis, bladder and kidney conditions and bone strength. You can also use it to boost your immune system.
  2. Aloe– you’ve probably heard about aloe. The aloe leaves contain high amounts of aloe gel, that can be used to treat burns, insect bites and wounds.
  3. Aspen– the inner bark or xylem is used in a tea to treat fever, coughs and pain. You should also know that it contains salicin, which also is found in willow trees and is the foundation ingredient for aspirin.
  4. Bee pollen– you can mix it with food and use it as energy booster. Bee pollen also aids digestion and boosts the immune system. Note: you should be very careful, because if you’re allergic to bee stings you will most likely be allergic to bee pollen.
  5. Beeswax– you can use it to soothe burns and insect bites, including bee stings. Note: it can only be used externally.
  6. Blackberry– you can use the root, bark and leaves. You need to crush them and make a tea. You can use this powerful tea to treat diarrhea, reduce inflammation and stimulate the metabolism. As a gargle it treats sore throats, mouth ulcers and inflammation of the gums.
  7. Black Raspberry– you can use the roots of this plant. Just crush the roots and make a tea or you can just boil them and chew to relieve coughs, diarrhea and general intestinal distress.
  8. Buckwheat– buckwheat seeds are used in soups and as porridge. People use these seeds to lower the high blood pressure. These seeds are also very helpful and useful with blood clotting and relieve diarrhea.
  9. Cayenne – you should know that the pods are used as a pain reliever when taken with food or drunk in a tea. You can also use them to treat arthritis and digestive distress. Or, you can apply it to wounds as a powder to increase blood flow and act as an antiseptic and anesthetic to numb the pain.
  10. Chamomile– you can use both chamomile leaves and flowers and make a tea, and use this tea to treat intestinal problems and nausea.
  11. Chokecherry– the Native American tribes considered this herbal remedy as an all-purpose medicinal treatment, the berries were pitted, dried and crushed into a tea or a poultice to treat many different health problems, such as: coughs, colds, flu, nausea, inflammation and diarrhea. You can also use it to treat burns and wounds. Note: but, you should be very carefyl, because the pit of the chokecherry – much like apple seeds – are poisonous in high concentrations. So, make sure to pit the cherries if you’re considering this for any use.
  12. Echinacea– this herb is also known by the name purple coneflower, and it’s a classic Native American medicine that is used to strengthen the immune system, fight infections and fever. Echinacea has powerful antiseptic properties and it’s often used for many minor ailments, such as: for colds, coughs and flu.
  13. Eucalyptus– the eucalyptus oil from the leaves and roots is a common treatment when infused in a tea to treat coughs, sore-throat, flu and fever. The eucalyptus oil is a common ingredient in cough drops.
  14. Fennel– this amazing plant, which has a licorice flavor, is often used in a tea or chewed to relieve coughs, sore-throat, aid digestion, offer relief to diarrhea and was a general treatment for colds. You can also use this amazing plant as a poultice for eye relief and headaches.
  15. Feverfew– people still use this herbal remedy as a natural relief for fever and headaches – including severe headaches like migraines. You can also use it to treat digestive problems, asthma and muscle and joint pains.
  16. Feverwort– you can use this herbal remedy for many ailments, such as: soothe general pain, itching and joint stiffness. It can be ingested as a tea or chewed, or crushed to a paste as a salve or poultice.
  17. Ginger root– is one of the healthiest roots on the plant and a super plant in Native American medicine. There are many different ways to incorporate ginger into your healthy diet: crushed and consumed with food, as a tea or a salve or poultice. Ginger root will improve your digestive health, and it also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, aids circulation and can relieve colds, coughs and flu, in addition to bronchitis and joint pain.
  18. Ginseng– this amazing herb has a long history that goes back across cultures for millennia. Ginseng roots were used by Native Americans as a food additive, a tea and a poultice to treat fatigue, boost energy levels, boost the immune system and help with overall liver and lung function. Note: the ginseng leaves and stems also were used, but the root has the most concentration of active ingredients.
  19. Goldenrod– people nowadays think that this herbal remedy is just a source of allergies and sneezing, but it was actually considered another all-in-one medicine by Native Americans. As a tea, an addition to food and a topical salve, it is used to treat conditions from bronchitis and chest congestion to colds, flu, inflammation, sore throats and as an antiseptic for cuts and abrasions.
  20. Honeysuckle– you can use all parts: berries, stems, flowers and leaves – and you can use them to topically treat bee stings and skin infections. As a tea, it is used to treat colds, headaches and sore throat. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
  21. Hops– you can make a hops tea and use it to treat digestive problems. Or, you can mix it with other herbs or plants, such as aloe, to soothe muscles. Note: it also is used to soothe toothaches and sore throat.
  22. Licorice– you can use the licorice roots and leaves to soothe chronic coughs, colds, sore throats. Note: the root also can be chewed to relieve toothaches.
  23. Mullein– the Native Americans used this herb to make a tea or they add it to a salad or other food, and they used it to treat inflammation, coughs and congestion and general lung afflictions. It is quite common and you probably have it growing in your backyard or somewhere close.
  24. Passion flower– you can use the passion flower leaves and roots to make a tea to treat anxiety and muscle pain. A poultice for injuries to the skin such as burns, insect bites and boils also can be made from passion flower.
  25. Red clover– this amazing plant grows everywhere and the flowers, leaves and roots are usually infused in a tea or are used to top food. This amazing herb is often used to manage inflammation, improve circulation and treat respiratory conditions.
  26. Rose hip– have you ever heard of the rose hip? Well, this is the red to orange berry that is the fruit of wild roses and it’s already known to be a massive source of vitamin C and when eaten whole, crushed into a tea or added to food it is used to treat colds and coughs, intestinal distress, as an antiseptic and to treat inflammation.
  27. Rosemary– is a member of the pine family and used in food and as a tea to treat muscle pain, improve circulation and as a general cleanser for the metabolism.
  28. Sage– is the most powerful and most effective natural insect repellent and it can be used for the standard list of digestive disorders, colds and sore throat.
  29. Spearmint– this amazing herbal remedy was used by Native American tribes for treatment of coughs, colds, respiratory distress and as a cure for diarrhea and a stimulant for blood circulation.
  30. Valerian– valerian root as an infusion in a tea relieves muscle aches, pain and is said to have a calming effect.
  31. White Pine– You should know that the ubiquitous and the needles and the inner bark can be infused in a tea. Used as a standard treatment for respiratory distress and chest congestion.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Making SOLE with Himalayan Salt....

Everyone knows that salt dissolves in water, right? But did you know that if you keep adding salt to a glass of water you’ll get to a point where the water becomes super-salty or saturated with salt? Did you also know that when the water becomes super-salty or saturated with salt that the salt will just sit on the bottom of the glass without dissolving? This is exactly what the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® Sole is, super-saturated, salty water. Here’s how to make it.

Step 1: Place 1 inch of Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® stones in a glass jar, preferably one with a lid. Add 2 to 3 inches of good quality artesian or spring water above the stones, completely covering the crystals with water. Let sit overnight.

Step 2: If all the salt crystals have dissolved, add a few more salt crystals to the water. Your Sole is ready when the water becomes fully saturated with salt and cannot hold any more. The salts will no longer dissolve at this stage. There should always be salt crystals in the jar. As you use up the Sole, after some time, add more water and more salt until the water is again saturated. Remember, there should always be undissolved salt crystals on the bottom of the jar. This is your visual proof that the water is totally saturated with salt.

Step 3: Each morning, before eating or drinking anything, add one teaspoon of the Sole to a glass of good water and drink! Your body will receive the energetic vibration pattern of the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt and hold it for 24 hours. Keep the container covered to prevent the water from evaporating. Otherwise, no special storage is needed. The fully saturated Sole will keep forever! Salt is a natural anti-bacterial and natural fungicide. It simply cannot spoil or go bad.

One teaspoon of Original Himalayan Crystal Sal®t Sole contains 478 mg of Sodium - That’s equivalent to 20% of the USDA’s recommended daily allowance of 2,500 mg.

*Sole can dissolve and eliminate sediments which lead to stones and various forms of rheumatism like arthritis and kidney and gall bladder stones.

*Sole can lower the craving for addictive desires.

*Sole can help with skin diseases by cleaning from inside out.

*Salt is actually essential for the regulation of blood pressure, in conjunction with water, as Sole.

*Sole is vital for balancing the sugar levels in the blood.

*Sole is vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in your body's cells.

*Sole is vital to the nerve cells for communication and information processing.

*Sole is vital for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.

*Sole is vital for clearing up congestion of the sinuses.

*Sole is important for circulation

*Sole is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.

*Sole is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm.

*Sole is vital for sleep regulation.

*A little Sole on the tongue will help stop persistent dry coughs.

*Sole is vital to the communication and information processing between nerve cells.

You can order the salt stones here www.himalayancrystalsalt.com so you can make your own Sole. We did it for a while and now we are going back to it!!! I just felt the need to get this vital information out there :)

Himalayan Salt and It's Benefits!!

What is Salt?

Salt is a mineral comprised mainly of the two elements, sodium and chloride. When we speak of salt, we mean unrefined, unprocessed, sodium chloride plus all of the other 82 natural occurring mineral elements held within the crystalline structure of the salt in its original form; holistic, wholesome, unaltered, and natural, the crystallized remains of an ancient, primal ocean that evaporated over 250,000,000 years ago, and is today coming from an exclusive mine in the Himalayan Mountains, Original Himalayan Crystal Salt®.

Benefits of Salt
The benefits of salt are numerous. Salt has a tremendous power to transform. From a scientific view, salt has a unique property. Unlike other crystalline structures that are molecular, salt’s atomic structure is electrical. That is why salt is so transformable. It has the ability to give up or surrender its material structure and transform into something electrical, ions. When we combine salt with water, the salt dissolves and the minerals that are hidden inside the cubic form are released as ions, both positively and negatively charged particles. The result is a supercharged potion of ionized minerals.

Deficiency of minerals is responsible for most chronic diseases. Only ionized minerals or the ions released when exposed to water can be adequately absorbed and utilized by the cells.
Your body is composed entirely of minerals and water. As an incredibly powerful solvent in your body, the hydrogen molecules in pure water provide nutrients in the form of energy to your cells and remove discarded, used energy. Without regular replacement of the water in your body, the cells will die, and so too, in time, will the body. Likewise, without replacing essential trace minerals systematically in the correct, water soluble, ionic form, the cells will malfunction, become weak and fatally diseased.
In order for your body to benefit from the minerals you take in, they must be extremely small. Their size is measured in angstroms. As a reference point, a sheet of paper is 1,000,000 angstroms thick. So you can understand that the minerals your body is looking for must be introduced in a way that your body can use. Even though larger than angstrom size minerals an be eventually absorbed by the blood, the angstrom sized minerals can be absorbed by individual cells. And that’s where they do the most good.

Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium are the five essential or major minerals for your body. Other important trace elements consist of chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, and zinc. Additionally, selenium plays a key role in the maintenance of good health. Other trace elements like sulphur, nickel, cobalt, fluorine, oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen also have a part to play in your wellbeing. The human body depends upon 84 of the known 106 elements to maintain optimum health, many more than are now recognized.

The slow degeneration of society, of humanity, is directly related to the lack of these minerals in our food. Regeneration is what we all want and need. We have all been created to realize our full physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual potentials as human beings. It’s almost beyond belief that the road to regeneration lies in something as simple as SALT!

Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® contains all 84 minerals, the five essential minerals and all trace minerals, that are ionized in water and can be readily absorbed by the cells in your body.

The benefits of this salt are enormous.

*Makes your drinking water alkaline. Energy can only flow in an alkaline environment.
*Natural antioxidants
*Balances your blood pH
*Normalizes all metabolic functions
*Can be readily absorbed by your cells where they are intended to be
*Are a complete and inexpensive source of essential trace minerals
*Increases the flow on energy within the body

All information here is obtained from the www.himalayancrystalsalt.com website!