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, October 28, 2019

Herbal Terms & Their Actions.....

When I read articles about herbs and their healing powers, I come across certain terms used with herbs that concerns exactly what they do and how they can help the body. But, like many, I get confused....yes me, an experienced herbalist. I don't even usually refer to the these terms, I just know which herb to use most times....but there are times when I have to do my research too. So here's a list of these terms which most, if not all, of us use!! Lengthy, but very informative!!

*Alterative -- gradually restores proper function of the body. Increases health & vitality.
*Analgesic/Anodyne -- reduces pain, applied topically or taken internally.
*Anti-Catarrhal -- helps body remove excess catarrh (mucus), whether in the sinus or the body.
*Anti-Emetic -- reduces nausea, helps prevent or relieve vomiting.
*Anti-Inflammatory -- helps the body to combat inflammation.
*Anti-Lithic -- prevents formation of stones or gravel in the urinary system, can help the body in their removal.
*Anti-Microbial -- helps the body to destroy or resist patho-genic micro-organisms.
*Anti-Spasmodic -- eases spasms or cramps.
*Astringent -- contains tannins & can reduce secretions & discharges.
*Bitter -- a stimulating tonic for the digestive system.
*Cardiac -- tonics that affect the heart.
*Carminative -- rich in volatile oils. Stimulates the peristalsis action of the digestion system & relaxes the stomach. Supports digestion & helps against gas.
*Cholagogue -- stimulates the release & secretion of bile from the gall bladder which can be a great benefit in gall bladder issues. Also has a laxative effect on the digestive system as they increase amounts of bile in the duodenum. bile is our internally produced, all-natural laxative.
*Demulcent -- rich in mucilage so they can soothe & protect irritate or inflamed internal tissue.
*Diaphoretic -- aids the skin in elimination of toxins & promotes perspiration.
*Diuretic -- increases the secretion & elimination of urine.
*Emollient -- applied to skin to soften, soothe or to protect it.
*Expectorant -- supports the body in removal of excess amounts of mucus from the respiratory system.
*Febrifuge (Anti-Pyretic) -- helps the body bring down fevers.
*Galactagogue -- helps breast feeding mothers. Increases milk flow.
*Hepatic -- aids the liver. Their use tones & strengthens it & increases the flow of bile.
*Hypnotic -- induces sleep....not a hypnotic trance.
*Laxative -- promotes evacuation of the bowels.
*Mucolytic -- a substance that dissolves mucous or breaks down mucous. Used to treat chest conditions involving excessive or thickened mucous secretions.
*Nervine -- beneficial effect on the nervous system. Tones & strengthens it. Some act as stimulants, some as relaxants.
*Oxytocic -- helps in childbirth by stimulating the contraction of the uterus.
*Pectoral -- general strengthening & healing effect on the respiratory system.
*Rubefacient -- stimulates the dialation of the capillaries, thus increasing circulation of the skin. The blood is drawn from deeper parts of the body into the skin & thus often internal pains are relieved.
*Sedative -- calms the nervous system, reduces stress & nervousness throughout the body.
*Sialagogue -- stimulates the secretion of saliva from the salivary glands.
*Stimulant -- quickens & enlivens the physiological functions of the body.
*Styptic -- reduces or stops external bleeding.
*Tonics -- strengthens & enlivens either specific organs or the whole body. There are tonics for every system of the body.
*Vulnerary -- applied externally & aids the body in the healing of wounds & cuts.

Now one wouldn't think herbs could do this much, but lo & behold, they can & do!!! One just needs an experienced herbalist to know what to do!!

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Top 12 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Nutrients!!!

I recently came upon an infographic containing this information by Dr. Jockers, but as usual I wanted to know more! So I did some research on these nutrients and here's what I found....

Ursolic Acid -- Found in the peels of fruits as well as in rosemary & thyme

Piperine -- An alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper

Lycopene -- Bright red carotenoid found in tomatoes & other red fruits & veggies. However, it's not found in strawberries or cherries....weird huh?? Also there's no Vitamin A activity....hmmm.

Isothiocyanates --  A sulfur containing phyto chemicals. An anti-inflammatory found in types of mustard oils.

Curcumin -- The bright yellow chemical that gives turmeric it's color and the 'magick' ingredient!

EGCG -- A plant compound prominent in green tea

Resveratrol -- A type of natural phenol found in plants that respond to injury or when the plant is under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. Sources include: skins of grapes, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries or plants.

Vitamin D3 -- A fat soluble vitamin that helps the body absorb calcium & phosphorus. Important for bone development & made by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. 20 minutes daily is all we need for our full RDA of Vit. D3!!

6-Gingerol -- A chemical compound found in fresh ginger. A relative of capsaicin & piperine.

Silymarin -- Found in the extract of milk thistle seeds.

Quercetin -- A plant flavonol from a group of polyphenols. Found in many fruits, veggies, leaves & grains.

Anthocyanins -- A water soluble pigment that may appear red, purple, blue or black.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Do you know about Ashwagandha??!!

Ashwagandha literally means "smell of a horse", because the roots smell like a horse! It belongs to the nightshade family. It's an ancient medicinal herb & been used for over 2,500 years!! It is a small shrub with yellow flowers & native to India & North Africa. Other names for this amazing herb are Indian ginseng (though the 2 aren't related), winter cherry or somnifera root. The numerous health benefits of this herb are attributed to the high concentration of withanolides which are a group of steroids that have been shown in laboratory tests to suppress cancer cells and act as an antioxidant. There has been more than 200 studies done on the healing benefits of this herb!! Ashwagandha is one of the most commonly used & most extensively researched adaptogens around. It contains restorative & rejuvenating properties and helps the body to remain in balance. It can be used long term as it is gentle & mild, yet a powerful adaptogen. It's highly prized in Ayurvedic medicine!!

The list of benefits for this amazing herb is quite extensive, so here goes!!!

*Promotes new nerve growth & is a neuro protective
*Brain rejuvenator
*Thyroid balancing
*Helps neurological function & has been tested to help MS
*Anti-malarial properties
*Reduces stress
*Treats adrenal fatigue
*Increases strength, stamina & endurance
*Can prevent & treat cancer
*Lowers & stabilizes blood sugar
*Lowers cholesterol
*Boosts immunity
*Anti-tumor agent
*Promotes death of tumor cells
*Reduces cortisol (stress hormone)
*Nerve Tonic
*Soothes frayed nerves
*Reduces spasms

According to research, one should take 500-1,000 mg daily.
Caution: NOT to be used during pregnancy

Essential Oils & Chemotypes

Do you know what an essential oil specialist is? Do you know what an essential oil expert is? How about an aromatherapist? Apparently the 1st two do exist, who woulda thunk it, right?? At certain aromatherapy schools/institutes, etc. you can take certain classes to achieve the 1st two, then go on to get your certification. Well, I am certified, plain & simple. So does that make me an expert, a specialist?? Who knows? I know what I know! I have studied, read & researched for years. It is an ongoing learning experience!

The more plant material required for an essential oil, the higher the price of said essential oil will be!

Most reputable essential oil suppliers will send sample of new shipments to labs for the GC/MS. This test provides a breakdown of every component in the essential oil or a basic list of ingredients. It can also tell us if the oil has been adulterated...which are additives to make it less active. It also identifies the chemotypes in the oil.

To make sure you get the essential oil you want, check out the Latin name. In this Latin name is the genus (1st name), the species (2nd name) and most times the ct which is the chemotype.

Chemotypes are different chemical components depending on where they are grown, which includes environmental factors. These plants have the ability to produce different chemical components depending on where they are grown & other factors. The different components within the plant/essential oil are called chemotypes. Because of these chemotypes, the essential oils contain different therapeutic properties.

The following are different types of chemotypes. Now there are probably more, but here's some main ones. These explain how & why essential oils can do what they do!

*Aldehydes: strong antiviral, calming & a sedative to the nervous system, anti-inflammatory, skin irritant.
*Camphor: good for muscle aches & pains
*Carvacrol: strong anti-bacterial & anti-fungal agent.
*Chamazulene: a beautiful blue obtained only during the distillation process & only in 1 essential oil.
*Cineole: stimulant, expectorant, very good for respiratory issues.
*Eugenol: anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antipyretic (fever reducer) & analgesic.
*Esters: relaxing & a tonic to the central nervous system, balancing, antispasmodic, soothing to dermal inflammations.
*Furanocoumarins: photosensitizers, antifungal, antiviral.
*Keotones: strong mucolytic which breaks up & thins the mucous, promotes skin/tissue regeneration, wound healing, calming to the nervous system, sedative.
*Linalol: eases anxiety, calms nervous system, emotional balance, provides immune support, calms muscle spasms, reduces pain, anti-microbial.
*Menthol: decongestant, analgesic.
*Monoterpenes: antiseptic, antiviral, stimulating, mild expectorant/decongestant, drying/dehydrating effect on the skin.
*Oxides: antiviral, expectorant, respiratory stimulant.
*Phenols: strong antibacterial activity, antiseptic, stimulating to the immune system, strengthens yet stimulates the nervous system.
*Phenylpropanoids: strong antibacterial, antiseptic, stimulates immune system, anti-spasmodic, stress-modulating, strengthens yet stimulates the immune system.
*Pinenes: ability to reduce germs, calm inflammation with strong respiratory support.
*Sesquiterpenes: antiseptic, antibacterial, powerful anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, calming & soothing to the nervous system, anti-microbial, expectorant, mucolytic (breaks up & thins mucous), smooth muscle relaxant.
*Thymol: decreases pain, reduces swelling, calms muscle spasms, anti-viral, anti-microbial, reduces infections.

Very interesting, eh?? I thought so & I wanted to share!!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Healing Herbs Webinar

Recently I listened to a highly informative herbal healing webinar. I, of course, took notes and am sharing the highlights of a couple of the webinars. Mostly these 2 had to do with the immune system, healing herbs, cancer and such. I found it fascinating!!

*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

Essential Oils Webinar.....

I recently did a master aromatherapist webinar and took some great notes. I have decided to put them all in ONE blog. In my opinion it's easier for me & for you! I want to share this information and this is the best way my feeble brain could come up with!!!

~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 directly to our brain, so they can help with  mood, memory, anxiety, ADHD & 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.

Examples of some uses are: 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

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.



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.

*Anti-microbial activity. Helps to clean the gut.

The oil & the herb are the go to's for gut health & IBS

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. It's an antioxidant powerhouse!

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.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Aloe Vera Gel....do YOU know???

Are you plagued by severe acne or dry skin? Are you searching for natural relief? Then the aloe vera plant may just become your new best friend! It tends to grow in dry climates such as those found in Africa, India and in the U.S. deserts.

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
*Ends constipation
*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

Stevia...plain & simple!

Stevia is a member of the chrysanthemum family & a member of the subgroup of the ragweed family. The leaves are THE sweet part everyone seems to want. There are basically 3 types of stevia that is commercially available: green leaf, stevia extract & stevia blends.

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

CBD Oil Facts!!

CBD helps with pain, inflammation and a multitude of health issues. Pain leaves before the inflammation. Inflammation takes more time. There is no regulation on labeling yet. Read your labels, as not all CBD Oils are pure or equal. www.Herbs-4-Health.com has a great CBD Oil!!

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!! This NEW brand has just a hint of orange or mint in it.

* If heat is too high or too low, an inferior product is obtained & can destroy the isolates.

*It's all about volume vs potency. 1,000 Mg in 2 oz. is like a whiskey while 500 Mg is like a near beer.....that's how it was explained to me. People tend to get confused on this issue.

*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!!

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