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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Chamomile - The Essential Oil - Healing & Powerful

Chamomile is so gentle & has such an aromatic quality about it, it is one of the most ancient & versatile herbs known to man.

There are 2 fabulous essential oils that come from these flowers. One type is Roman & the other is German! The Roman type is good, but it doesn't have all the healing qualities the German does and it does not contain that beautiful blue color the German type does.

The German type has a beautiful blue color to it and it's called chamazulene. It was discovered when it was first distilled and that ingredient is what gives the oil it's healing power. All the essential oils that are BLUE have that special ability to ease pain. They help calm inflammation & help muscles to relax so they are able to release deeply held tension!

This fantastic oil helps to fight stress, anxiety, depression, relieves pain, helps with ADD & can help to improve digestion. It's a nervine, analgesic, a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic & anti-bacterial. It helps with neuralgia, rheumatism, sprains, strains, nausea, menopause symptoms, headaches, insomnia, migraines & all sorts of skin issues including eczema, allergies, boils and all sorts of gastro-intestinal issues as well, just like it's herbal partner!!

Even though it is gentle, still dilute before applying topically. Use caution if you are allergic to ragweed.

A very important ingredient in our Nerve/Pain Oil & on special request the Migraine Relief Oil!

The Power of Cinnamon Essential Oil.....

Cinnamon essential oil is much more potent than the spice & contains special components not found in the spice. There are two types of cinnamon essential oil: cinnamon bark & cinnamon leaf.

Cinnamon bark oil is like taking an intense whiff of ground cinnamon. It comes from the bark, is more brown in color & is more expensive than the cinnamon leaf oil. The leaf oil has a musky & spicy smell and is more of a yellow & murky in color. They both are potent, the bark oil may be a bit more potent though.

It is highly concentrated with anti-oxidants which makes it an effective natural digestive aid, blood sugar stabilizer, circulation booster, can aid in cardio vascular disease & help to fight infections. But the oil itself especially has strong anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral & anti-platelet properties.

Cinnamon oil decreases inflammation, increases circulation, fights viruses, athlete's foot & free radicals. It helps to relieve depression, stimulate the immune system & fights parasites like ringworm.

It's an analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, highly aromatic, astringent & insect repellant!

Do NOT ingest or apply topically without dilution first!

A prized ingredient in our Quartzsite Krud Kicker!!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Clove Bud Essential Oil

The Chinese have used clove for more than 2,000 yrs! These small buds originate as the unopened pink flower buds of the evergreen tree. Once they are dried they turn brown, then we recognize them as the spice that is so popular & then converted into an essential oil that is highly beneficial to the body.

The eugenol in cloves is a powerful anti-inflammatory & has been shown to reverse inflammation & cellular oxidation. It's very popular as an antiseptic for oral infections and gum disease. It is also a broad-spectrum anti-microbial that helps to keep countless health issues at bay. It has been shown to be beneficial in fighting E. coli & pneumonia! Clove can also be a great help in eliminating candida & killing intestinal parasites.

They have found that clove oil has the same numbing effects as benzocaine, so it's beneficial for toothaches & dental issues.

Ground cloves has an astounding ORAC value of 290,283 units -- which means -- per gram, cloves contain 30X more antioxidant power than blueberries!! And we all know how awesome those little guys are for our health, right??? An antioxidant is a molecule that reverses damage that free radicals cause, including cell death & cancer.

Because it is so very potent...Do NOT ingest. Do NOT apply to the skin undiluted.

It's a very powerful ingredient in our Quartzsite Krud Kicker!

Chamomile - The Herb - Gentle, Relaxing & Healing

One of the most ancient & versatile medicinal herbs available is the lovely delicate chamomile! Not enough can be said about this gentle herb that seems to have an endless amount of uses. It is safe for enough for babies & children. It's anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and an antioxidant. It can help with pain, muscle spasms, pre-menstrual pain, stress, tension, anxiety, anorexia, ADD, nausea, acid reflux, gout, a tonic for the liver & digestive tract, IBS, gastrointestinal spasms & inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract!!

It can be highly beneficial for skin inflammation, it's gentle enough to use for sties & eye infections, cuts, itching, scraps, boils, bug bites, burns, ulcers, wounds, bacterial infections of the mouth & gums. It can help calm emotions, relax you to help you sleep better & help with physical stress.

The scent alone is just heavenly -- a sweet, apple-like aroma. I personally love it!! Chamomile has been used for nearly 5,000 yrs with almost no known negative side effects.

It's a natural allergy fighter for hay fever. It can help with arthritis & rheumatic pain, it fights free radicals & can help prevent cell mutation.

Use with caution if allergic to ragweed. It also contains natural blood thinners (coumarins), so avoid if taking prescription blood thinners.

A prized ingredient in our Sandman's Tea!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Beautiful Passion Flower!

This flower is known for it's striking beauty & is highly regarded in the herbal community as it is a gentle nerve tonic that treats nervous stress, anxiety & insomnia. It is also very helpful for neuralgia issues. It has been known to be combined with hawthorn as a cardio tonic. It is a sedative & relaxant. It's also an analgesic & an anti-depressant. It has also been known to help with some skin issues such as inflamed skin, irritation & burns.

Studies have shown that this flower may be just so effective as synthetic drugs for generalized anxiety disorder or GAD. It may also help reduce the effects of menopause including hot flashes & depression so it may be a great alternative to hormone therapy!

It may even contain mild anti-inflammatory & anti-seizure benefits. Passion Flower can help with ADHD & can help improve relaxation so we can get the much needed healing sleep we all need.

Do not use if pregnant!

It's a main ingredient in our Sandman's Tea!

Slippery Elm Bark -- Beneficial Nutritive

Slippery Elm Bark is the king of herbs for digestion. It is the inner bark of the tree & can grow up to 50 feet! It's also known as Red Elm, Moose Elm or Indian Elm. It has been used as an herbal remedy in Native American culture since the 19th century. It relieves a number of digestive issues and is rich in what we call mucilage, which is a substance that provides a coating when mixed with liquid. It also falls into the demulcent category which means....it coats the intestines & lining of the stomach & can soothe irritated bowels. With that protective coating, it helps to sooth & protect irritated body tissues including the mouth, throat, stomach & intestines. This makes it ideal for sore throats, coughs, GERD, bladder issues, Chron's, IBS, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, UTI's & diarrhea.

Lately it has become a very popular treatment for breast cancer & can also help to control the negative side effects of conventional breast cancer treatments. It is an anti-inflammatory & can boost the immune system. This gentle herb can also decrease urinary tract irritation, relieve acid reflux, relieve toothaches & gum infections. It contains high levels of iron, encourages blood flow which can result in improving circulation. Slippery Elm can help relieve skin ailments as well.

There are no known side effects, as it is a mainly a mucilage & is nutrient dense. It is so gentle to the digestive system, it has been fed to the elderly or children if they are having digestive difficulties. It's also a wholesome food for the weak, convalescent & even pets.

It's a great addition to Herbmama's Detox Blend AKA Essiac!!


We all know the lovely & inviting scent of peppermint essential oil, but were you aware it is just about the most versatile & used essential oils in the world right alongside lavender?! The health benefits have been documented back to 1,000 BC & the oil itself has actually been found in several Egyptian pyramids!

Peppermint essential oil can reduce tummy aches, digestive issues & freshen bad breath, relieve tension headaches including migraines. It has antiseptic, anti-microbial properties, improves mental focus & boosts energy. It is an effective pain killer & muscle relaxer & can help relieve pain associated with fibromyalgia. It acts as an expectorant & can provide relief for respiratory issues, including sinus, allergies, asthma, bronchitis & more. Inhaling peppermint can even help stave off the munchies & help you feel fuller faster. It's a natural energizer & so it helps with chronic fatigue syndrome, improves mental focus & concentration & is an all-natural bug repellant too!

With over 300 scientific studies referring to the benefits of this essential oil, the latest research is air tight. It is truly one essential oil that should be in your first-aid kit. make sure you dilute it in a good carrier oil before applying. If you take it internally...1 drop per 8 oz. water. Be aware when taking it alongside iron supplements & quercetin be sure to wait 3 hrs between taking the two. Be very cautious if you are taking the enteric-coated capsules -- they could dissolve rapidly leading to nausea & heartburn.

It's a vital ingredient in our Nerve/Pain Oil!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rosemary Essential Oil!!!!

Rosemary essential oil is considered sacred by some ancient cultures. It is one of the most powerful essential oils on the planet. It is a relative of the mint family & in recent research, it is shown to contain a nerve growth factor & supports the healing of neurological tissue & brain functions. It  helps to improve memory, soothe digestive issues & relieve muscle aches & pains.

Rosemary has the same antioxidant free radical fighting power as goji berries. The chemical responsible for this antioxidant power is carnosol. In addition to that, it also contains anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory power. This carnosol targets cells to reduce inflammation. It has a selective toxicity towards cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.

It's been proven very effective for hair growth, helps people become more alert, improves overall quality of memory. Studies have shown it can help treat & prevent Alzheimer's.

This awesome essential oil can also help with gallbladder issues to help reverse/prevent toxic overload. It helps to heal neuropathy & neuralgia issues, sprain, strains & sciatica. Since it stimulates the central nervous system, it's beneficial for low blood pressure & sluggishness. it can block histamine (the chemical culprit of both asthma & allergies).

Avoid if you have epilepsy. Do NOT use on children under 4 yrs of age. Do NOT INGEST!!!

It is a valued ingredient in our products & can be found in our Quartzsite Krud Kicker & our Nerve/Pain Oil!!

Do You Know About Chicory???

Chicory is a very popular coffee substitute without that caffeine that seems to bother some of us & adds fiber to foods as well. It comes from the dandelion family and is very beneficial to our bodies.

It contains anti-inflammatory properties as it is rich in polyphenols. It invigorates & strengthens the digestive & urinary systems. It helps to restore the body's cells to their original condition & boosts the body's defense systems while also helping to cleanse the liver!! It's a good addition to a diabetic diet as well. It contains a protein called adiponectin which regulates glucose levels as well as fatty acid breakdown. Results of a recent study suggest the extract could delay or prevent the early onset of diabetes as well as improve bowel functions due to it's fibrous makeup.

Chicory contains inulin which is a prebiotic. It is highly fermentable by the friendly bacteria in the gut. It can help promote growth of helpful probiotics in the stomach & may enhance calcium absorption. It helps to treat eczema and can regulate the thyroid. It's high in triglycerides. Relieves gas & bloating, improves cholesterol, it's a natural plant based carbohydrate that can't be broken down by human digestive enzymes. Chicory contains bitters which improve the digestion process. Drinking it on a regular basis can rid your system of excess water buildup & uric acid buildup. It can also have a calming & regulating effect on the heart & increases the flow of bile.

Avoid if you have gallstones!

So see, you didn't realize all the beneficial effects of chicory...it's highly popular in Louisiana I know. It tastes like a very strong coffee.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Health Benefits of Ginger Root!!

Ginger is one of the most widely used spices throughout the world today. This super food is 13th on the antioxidant list boasting an impressive ORAC score of 28,811! Its in the same family as is turmeric & cardamom! The Chinese and Indians have used ginger tonics to treat ailments for over 4,700 years and it was a priceless commodity during the roman Empire trade around the coming of Christ because of its medicinal properties.

There are 115 different chemical components in ginger -- but the therapeutic benefits only come from one source....the gingerols! Now gingerols are an oily resin in the root that act as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. These bioactive ingredients, especially gingerol have been thoroughly evaluated clinically and the research backs up why you should be using ginger on a regular basis!!

It contains several volatile oils that give it it's characteristic flavor and odor: zingerone & shogaols. Along with the gingerols, these oils are highly potent antifungal, anti-parasitic & anti-bacterial agents. In addition, in inhibits cancer cell formation while firing up our body's own inborn ability to destroy the cancer cells that are already present. Ginger is classified as a carminative (reducing intestinal gas) and an intestinal spasmolytic (soothes intestinal tract). Additionally, it helps aid in the production of bile, making it particularly helpful in digesting fats. It helps against stroke, heart disease, indigestion, nausea, cholesterol, dyspepsia, bloat, constipation, circulation and many other gastro-intestinal disorders. Ginger is also largely responsible for a strong immune system. It can help breakdown the accumulation of toxins in the organs, cleanse the lymphatic system and is a blood thinner as well. Stomach ulcers & GERD can be helped with ginger too. It improves diabetes & insulin sensitivity. It can help to fight cancer and the pain & stiffness from arthritis and all it's 'cousins'

This pretty root is also very high in potassium which aids in electrical energy production and detoxification. It is a great source of manganese which protects the lining of the heart blood vessels and urinary tract. Ginger contains silicon which enhances skin, hair, teeth & nails. It helps assimilate calcium and reduces inflammation in the bone tissue aiding the development of strong bones & teeth!!

Ginger is a great supporting player in herbal teas as it combines well with many herbs. It improves the taste & potency as it helps to speed up the delivery system of healthy plant chemicals into the blood stream.

Studies have shown that ginger is more effective cancer treatment than chemo in killing cancer cells while leaving the healthy ones alone. It's anti-inflammatory properties might also help prevent the progression of precancerous cells to cancer.

Any form of this incredible spice/food/herb is great to use...raw, dried, powder or as an essential oil.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil....

Since 1852 this oil has been used widely in Australia & it's uses soon spread throughout the world. They used to use eucalyptus oil converted into a gas to light their homes. Little did they know they had stumbled upon one of the most powerful forms of natural medicine ever!

Eucalyptus is an expectorant and can help cleanse your body of toxins &  harmful micro-organisms. It can be used for a healthy scalp & is often used against lice. It's great for sinusitis issues. It's highly effective for treating respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pneumonia & even TB. It dialates the blood vessels so it allows more, oxygen into the lungs, which can lead to healing.

It has anti-microbial & antiseptic properties, so it's effective at treating wounds, cuts, bug bites, stings, etc. It also helps because it's a natural pain reliever.

This wonderfully powerful oil also stimulates the immune system & provides antioxidant protection as well. The key ingredient 'cineolo' - an organic compound that has widespread, astounding medicinal effects. It's even been known to help lower blood pressure & kills leukemia cells!

Personally, I love the smell of this and can't seem to get enough of it at times. It is one of THE main ingredients in our popular Quartzsite Krud Kicker at Herbs 4 Health!!!