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.